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HEANEY

Introduction

The name of the family we treat here is usually found as Heaney, but sometimes as Haney, which is suggestive regarding the nineteenth-century pronunciation. It also appears in a number of transcribed records as “Henry,” which perhaps in some cases reflects a misinterpretation of the name in the original sources.

A family record claims that the immigrant couple’s daughter, Catherine (Heaney) Reagan, was born at Dublin. The statement that their daughter Anne (Heaney) Gibney was born at Oldcastle, co. Westmeath, must be treated with caution as an article on her husband published in 1888, when he was apparently still alive, states that he was born in co. Westmeath; and there is no particular reason to believe they were born in the same county, as they were married in Canada. While neither statement has been confirmed, Dublin and Westmeath are not too far apart, and may at least hint at the general vicinity of this family’s origin. However, the 1910 death record of a grandson, John Heaney (son of Patrick), explicitly states that Patrick Heaney was born in co. Mayo, which is on the opposite side of the country altogether. Furthermore, Deborah MacDonald reports a tradition in her branch of the Heaney family which would derive them from co. Armagh, Northern Ireland. There are few parish register extractions for any of these counties in the IGI. Identifying Owen Heaney and his wife Mary Smith in Irish sources would require finding them as a married couple during the relatively brief interval from about 1829 to 1842, predating Griffith’s Valuation of 1847-1864, and most census records.

In our Reagan notes, we have referred to the Heaneys as part of a nineteenth-century group-migration from Normanby to Manannah which also included the Gibney and O’Brien families, with whom the Heaneys and Reagans, respectively, were connected by marriage.[1] Other families which made the same move, but for whom no affiliation with the Heaneys or Reagans has been found, include those of Cody[2] and Stewart.[3] Later, in the early twentieth century, the Heaneys, Gibneys and Reagans became part of a second group- or chain-migration to Sturgis, Saskatchewan.[4] Considering the longevity of the associations among these families in the New World, the possibility of connections between them predating their arrival in Canada is one which should be investigated.

Most of the members of the first two generations of this Heaney family are buried in the Chapel Hill Roman Catholic Cemetery, Orchardville, on lot 12, concession 1 of Normanby Tp., Grey Co., near the Normanby-Egremont townline.[5] Others were buried a short distance from Normanby Tp. in Holy Cross Roman Catholic Cemetery, Mount Forest, lot 2, concession 11, Arthur Tp., Wellington Co., near the Wellington-Grey county line.[6] A large number of death notices were made available by various contributors, and for so many the name and date of the paper were missing that to avoid tedious recitation of the fact in every case it was decided only to include a source-note when this information was available for citation.

Apart from newspaper notices, there appears to be practically no prior literature on this family. A brief pedigree chart by the late Joseph Gerard Heaney (1931-2000) was supplied by his brother, Joseph Frederick Heaney.

Acknowledgements

We must mention a debt of gratitude to the following persons (in the order of our contact with them):

  • Jan (O’Brien) Ehresmann (not a Heaney descendant), a kinswoman of the Julia O’Brien who married Patrick Reagan, Jr., son of Catherine (Heaney) Reagan, whose discovery of the Reagans in the 1852 census of Normanby Township, Grey County, Ontario, which finally put us onto the trail of the Heaneys. It was especially generous of her to take the trouble, considering that her own connection to the Heaneys is quite tenuous. She also supplied a complete listing of the Heaneys buried in the Chapel Hill Roman Catholic Cemetery, Orchardville.
  • Deborah MacDonald, a descendant of Owen Heaney Jr.
  • Rocky Gibney (not a Heaney descendant), who supplied some Gibney material.[7]
  • Martin Bootsman, a Heaney descendant, and author of the Wellington County & Beyond — A Community Connection Tree website at http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=tincanman
  • Tom Synnott (not a Heaney descendant), of Guelph, Ontario, who sent valuable material on the family of his grand-aunt by marriage, Julianna (Heaney) Farrell, and also a large collection of death notices covering many branches of the Heaney family.
  • Marlene (Farrell) Doyle, of Guelph, Ontario, a descendant of James Heaney and Agnes O’Hara.
  • Wendy Lynne (Murray) Pinheiro, who sent information on her family.
  • Joseph Frederick Heaney and his wife Marion, who sent their research notes on their branch of the family as well as records of St. Mary’s Church, Mount Forest, supplied by the parish historian, Bob McIntee.
  • Patrick Hanrahan (not a Heaney descendant), of Portland, Oregon, for information on Margaret Hanrahan, wife of Patrick Owen Heaney.
  • Marsha (Keller) Weaver (not a Heaney descendant), who supplied the photographs of the Gibney family.


1. Owen Heaney (Sr.),[8] of Normanby Tp., Grey Co., Ontario, born probably in 1799,[9] in Ireland, died 5 January 1870, aged at least 69 years,[10] and buried in the Chapel Hill Roman Catholic Cemetery, Orchardville. He married before 1830, presumably in Ireland, Mary Smith, born ca. 1811-12 (aged “41 at next birthday” in 1852, aged 63 in 1871) in Ireland, died 11 April 1887 in Normanby Tp., the age of 78 years given in her death record being probably exaggerated.[11] Her full name is provided in the 1865 marriage record of her daughter Catharine, in the 1866 marriage record of her son Christopher, and in the 1915 death record of her son Patrick.
    It would appear from the birthplaces of their children that Owen and Mary (Smith) Heaney came from Ireland to Canada West (now Ontario) some time between 1841 and 1843, likely in 1842. They were enumerated in the 1852 census of Normanby Tp., which gives Owen’s occupation as farmer and the family’s religion as Roman Catholic; the children who were still living with them at the time were John (20), Patrick (15), Catherine (12), Chrisy (“10 in May”), and Owen (9), all ages being “at next birthday.”[12] We have not located this couple in the 1861 census, but there are lengthy illegible stretches in the record. Owen “Heany” was a rate-payer in Normanby Tp. in 1864.[13] A directory published in 1865 lists “Owen Heany” at lot 17, concession 1 of Normanby,[14] which lot was the one granted to his son James in 1853 but previously sold in 1858[15]; we have not traced how it could have come back into the possession of the Heaney family. In 1871 and 1881 Mary appears as a widow in the household of her son, Owen Heaney, Jr.[16] The informant of her death in 1887 was her son James. Known issue, mainly per census records:

  1. Jane Heaney, born 1 August 1830 in Ireland (per 1901 census),[17] died 31 December 1902, and buried beside her husband in the Chapel Hill Roman Catholic Cemetery, Orchardville (the birthdate of 1833 given on her tombstone being clearly incorrect). She married by 1849, John Taylor, born around 1821-24 in Ireland,[18] died 1895. They were enumerated in the 1852 census of Normanby Tp., in which John is called a farmer.[19] A directory published in 1865 lists John Taylor at lot 46, concession 3 of Normanby, the same lot as his brother-in-law John Gibney.[20] They are enumerated in the 1871 census of Normanby Tp., in which he is called a farmer and the family’s religion given as Catholic.[21] Similar information is given for them in 1881.[22] The widow Jane Taylor is enumerated with her sons Joseph and Samuel in the 1901 census.[23] An unsigned account of this family given in a local history states, in part:
    John [Taylor] and his family cleared 200 acres of Crown land which stayed in the family and was owned and operated by his grandson, William Taylor, until the early 1950s. John and Jane had sixteen children, five of whom died in infancy and are buried on the property as there were no cemeteries at that time. Of the eleven living children — six daughters and five sons all married except three sons and settled nearby. Their married children were: Mary (Mrs. Michael Lynch), Betsy (Mrs. Tom MacNamara), Kate (Mrs. Sam Morrison), Agnes (Mrs. Tom Morrison), Annie (Mrs. Bernard MacCauley), Alice (Mrs. John Garvey), Joseph (m. Margaret Currant), John (m. Mary McCann, Guelph, 1888), Patrick, Eugene and Sam remained batchelors [sic] and farmed on the 3rd Con.[24]
    Known issue, apart from the five children who died in infancy (mainly per Martin Bootsman, but order revised and partly inferential):
    1. Mary Taylor, born 3 March 1849 (per 1852 census); no longer living with her parents in 1871. She married 13 Jan 1868 in Wellington Co.,[25] Michael Lynch, born 1840-41 (aged 27 in 1868) in Ireland, son of James Lynch and Mary ____. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents although calling the bride’s parents John Tailor and Jane Henry), both parties were of Normanby Tp. The entry for this couple in the 1881 census of Normanby Tp. erroneously shows Mary Jane Lynch as being of Irish birth.[26] Martin Bootsman, who is descended from a sibling of Mary (Taylor) Lynch, writes: My great-grandmother, Alice (nee Taylor) Garvey, spoke often of the children of Michael and Mary Jane (nee Taylor) Lynch. Alice was the youngest daughter of John and Jane (nee Heaney) Taylor, and Mary Jane (Taylor) her considerably older sister (approximately 18 years difference). Because of this difference in age Mary Jane’s children were more like cousins or siblings to Alice than nieces and nephews. I have in my possession a photograph — taken at a family function — of Alice with the children (Johanna, James, Harry, Joe, Jane, Mary, Kate) and grandchildren (Bernadette, Angela) of Michael and Jane Lynch. Known issue:
      1. Mary Agnes Lynch, born 1869-70 (aged 11 in 1881) in Ontario. She married in 1891,[27] William Kenna. The marriage record names both sets of parents in full.
      2. John Lynch, born 1871-72 (aged 9 in 1881) in Ontario.
      3. Elizabeth Jane Lynch, born 1873-74 (aged 7 in 1881) in Ontario. She married in 1901,[28] to Matthew Tone. The marriage record names both sets of parents in full.
      4. Johana Lynch, born 1877-78 (aged 3 in 1881) in Ontario.
    2. Catherine Taylor, born 16 March 1851 (per 1852 census), living unmarried with her parents in 1871 but not in 1881. As Catherine “Heeney” she served as a witness at the weddings of her younger sisters Agnes (in 1881) and Elizabeth (in 1883). The local history states that she married Sam Morrison.
    3. Elizabeth Jane Taylor, born around 1853-59 (aged 26 in 1881, 24 in 1883!), still living unmarried with her parents in 1881. She married 30 October 1883 at Mount Forest, by Roman Catholic rites,[29] Thomas McNamara, born 1852-53 (aged 30 in 1883) in Ireland, son of Daniel McNamara and Mary McMahon. The witnesses to their marriage were John Taylor and Catherine “Heeney,” both of Normanby. As the record of marriage, which calls him a yeoman, gives the names of the bride’s parents as John Taylor and Jane “Heeney,” there can be no possible doubt as to her identity (contrary to an earlier version of these notes). Thus, the statement in the 1901 census that this Elizabeth was aged only 38 years and born in 1863 is unusually shameless.[30] Known issue (per 1901 census):
      1. Mary C. McNamara, born 2 September 1886.
      2. Elizabeth McNamara, born 16 September 1887.
      3. Margaret McNamara, born 16 February 1888.
      4. Annie McNamara, born 6 May 1889
      5. Daniel J. McNamara, born 12 August 1891.
    4. Annie (“Nancy”) Taylor, born ca. 1855-56 in Normanby Tp., died 1928, and buried in in the the “St. Paul’s section,” Holy Cross Roman Catholic Cemetery, Mount Forest, Arthur Tp., Wellington Co., almost immediately adjacent to her cousin, Christopher Heaney, son of James Heaney. She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1881, when she is called a servant. She married 9 June 1891 at Normanby,[31] Bernard McAuley, born 1863-64 (aged 27 in 1891; his tombstone gives the date as 1864) in Normanby Tp., died 1950 (? — transcription unclear), and buried with his wife, their surname appearing as “McGauley” on the stone. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names the bride’s parents as John Taylor and Jane Henry (sic) and those of the groom as John McAuley and Catherine Grant, the groom was a yeoman, and both parties were residing in Normanby Tp.; the witnesses were Joseph Taylor and Johanna Henry (sic), [both] of Normanby. The record is quite mendacious in respect of Annie’s age, passing her off as 26 so as to make her younger than her husband, when she was actually at least seven years his senior. Their tombstone, which mentions no children, is somewhat more honest, giving the date of her birth as 1858. We have not found this couple in the 1901 census.
    5. John B. Taylor, born 24 September 1859 (per 1901 census), living unmarried with his parents in 1881, when he is called a farmer. As “John B. Taylor” he married 3 November 1886 at Mount Forest,[32] Mary [McCann], born 24 May 1867 (per 1901 census), living 1901. The local history calls her Mary McCann, of Guelph; we do not know if she was related to either of the other McCann families mentioned elsewhere in the present notes. He is listed only one page away from his widowed mother in the 1901 census of Normanby Tp.[33] the local history states, “John … bought lots 48 and 49 on the 3rd con. and cleared 100 acres and build a log house and barn. He replaced these buildings, the house in 1908 and the barn in 1912.” Known issue (all birthdates per 1901 census):
      1. Elward Taylor (also found as Elwood, per Martin Bootsman), born 8 October 1890.
      2. James Taylor, born 28 October 1892.
      3. Patrick Taylor, born 22 February 1895.
      4. Mary Taylor, born 14 September 1896; married Leo Goodyear. The local history states, “Mrs. Goodyear now [1989] owns the family farm, and is the last survivor of the Taylor family.”
      5. Eugene Taylor, born 6 July 1900.
      6. Wilfrid Taylor, born after 1900, died 1976, mentioned in the local history as owning and operating the parental farm until his death.
    6. Joseph Taylor, born 4 September 1860 (per 1901 census) in Normanby Tp. (per marriage record), still living unmarried with his widowed mother in 1901. He married 29 June 1903 in Grey Co.,[34] Maggie Curran, born 1871-72 (aged 31 in 1903) in Normanby Tp., daughter of Edwart Curran and Jennett Burnett. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents, both parties were residing in Normanby Tp., and the groom was a farmer.
    7. Agnes Taylor, born ca. 1862-63, not found in her parents’ household in 1881. She married (1) 1 March 1881 at Mount Forest, by Roman Catholic rites,[35] Thomas Morrison, born 1854-55 (aged 26 in 1881) in Ontario, son of James Morrison and Mary Ryan. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents (giving the name of the bride’s mother as Jane “Heeney”), both parties were of Normanby Tp., and the groom was a farmer; the witnesses were Thomas Ryan and Catherine “Heeney,” both of Normanby. She married (2) ____ Simon. She is not known to have had issue buy either marriage.
    8. Samuel Taylor, born 1 August 1866 (per 1901 census); still living unmarried with his widowed mother in 1901. The local history states that the sons “Patrick, Eugene, and Sam remained bachelors and farmed on the 3rd con[cession].”
    9. Alice Taylor, born 3 March 1868 (per 1901 census) in Grey Co., living 1901. She, as Alice Taylor, daughter of John Taylor and Jane “Heeney,” married 11 January 1887 at Ayton, Normanby Tp.,[36] John Garvey, born 1864-65 (aged 22 in 1887, but the 1901 census says 2 May 1861) in Normanby Tp., living 1901, son of Michael Garvey and Johanna Shea. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents (giving the name of the bride’s mother as Jane “Heeney”), she was resident in an unspecified township in Grey County, and her husband (who was a farmer) in Normanby Tp.; the witnesses were Joseph Taylor and Mary “Heenry,” both of Normanby. Despite the bride’s claim to be 21 years of age, she was probably only 20. Alice and her husband are enumerated on the same page of the 1901 census of Normanby Tp. as her cousin, James J. Heaney (son of her uncle James Heaney).[37] Four children are found with them in 1901; in addition, two infants, “children of John and Alice Garvey,” are buried in Chapel Hill Roman Catholic Cemetery. Martin Bootsman informs us that “two pallbearers for John Garvey’s funeral were Edward Tone and Elward Taylor, both nephews of John and Alice.“ This family is treated in great detail by their great-grandson Martin Bootsman, and he traces some 530 descendants. Know issue (the last three per Martin Bootsman):
      1. Michael Garvey, born 6 March 1888 (per 1901 census).
      2. Ida Jane Garvey, born 13 May 1890 (per 1901 census) at Ayton, Normanby Tp.
      3. John Garvey, born 9 August 1892, died 16 August 1892.
      4. John Patrick Garvey, born 21 August 21 1893 (per 1901 census) in Normanby Tp.
      5. Frederick Eugene Garvey, born 19 January 1897, died 27 April 1897.
      6. Ambrose Patrick Garvey, born 12 April 1898 (per 1901 census).
      7. Mary Alice Garvey, born 20 August 1903 at Ayton.
      8. Sylvester Patrick Garvey, born 1907
      9. Margaret Rita Garvey, born 28 February 1911 in Wellington County.
    10. Patrick Taylor, born ca. 1871-72. As mentioned above, the local history states that the sons “Patrick, Eugene, and Sam remained bachelors and farmed on the 3rd con[cession].”
    11. Eugene Taylor, born ca. 1874-75, said to have been a bachelor.
  2. 2James Heaney, of Normanby Tp., born almost certainly in 1830, and if so then a twin to Jane above.
  3. John Heaney, born ca. 1832-33 (aged “20 at next birthday” in 1852), not traced further.
  4. 3Anne Heaney, born ca. 1834 in Ireland, reportedly at Oldcastle, co. Meath.
  5. 4Patrick Owen Heaney, born about 1836 in Ireland.
  6. Catherine Heaney, said to have been born 10 May 1841,[38] in Ireland, perhaps at Dublin, died 11 January 1916, at or near Sturgis, apparently aged 74 years, and buried with her husband in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Sturgis, under a monument with the name “O’Reagan.”[39] She married 10 February 1865 in Grey Co.,[40] Patrick John Reagan, of Sturgis, Saskatchewan, said to have been born 17 March 1841,[41] the place being given variously as Dublin or as co. Cork, Ireland,[42] died 18 December 1913 at or near Sturgis, and buried in St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cemetery. He was a son of Thomas Reagan (Sr.), of Normanby Tp., Grey Co., Ontario, and later of Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota, by his first wife, Margaret ____.
        At the time of their marriage both parties were of Normanby Tp.; the record names both sets of parents in full, but erroneously names the groom’s as “Timothy Regan and Mary McEasten (or McEnter).”[43] Family tradition states that they were living at Mount Forest, Arthur Tp., Wellington Co., Ontario, when their eldest child, Thomas, was born in 1866; but while they may well have been there at an earlier date, U.S. census records show Thomas as having been born in the Minnesota.[44] They moved shortly afterward to Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota, where they were enumerated in the censuses of 1870,[45] 1875,[46] 1880,[47] and 1900[48] (the 1890 census is lost for most of Minnesota). On 10 June 1872 Patrick Reagan was patented the southwest quarter of section 8, in township 121N, 31W of the 5th Principal Meridian, in Meeker County, consisting of 160 acres of land,[49] while the northeast corner went to Bernard Reagan the same day and the southeast quarter to John Reagan a few months later. Patrick and Catherine Reagan attended St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Church at Eden Valley (which town lies partly in Manannah Tp., on the county line of Stearns and Meeker), and their names are inscribed in one of the stained-glass windows.[50]
        Patrick Reagan’s lands were the northwest quarter of section 13, in township 34, range 4 of the second meridian west of the Principal Meridian (NW 13-34-4-W2), and the northeast quarter of section 26 in the same township (NE 26-34-4-W2), where he built his homestead. His name is shown on a map of the Sturgis area issued ca. 1907 (?) by the Scandinavian Canadian Land Co.[51] As noted in Harvest of Memories, “the group that came in 1904 were for the most part all living in the same vicinity,” and Patrick Reagan’s children mostly remained close by. A Frank Heaney (whom we cannot identify) appears close by them on the southeast quarter of lot 28.[52]
        A photograph of his family, probably taken in Canada as it is missing the daughters Anne and Elizabeth, is reproduced in Harvest of Memories, p. 622. For further details of this couple, and their issue, see REAGAN. Patrick John Reagan and Catherine Heaney and family
  7. 5Christopher Heaney (Sr.), born ca. 1842-43,[53] in Canada West (i.e. Ontario).
  8. 6Owen Heaney, Jr., born ca. 1845.
  9. 7William Heaney, born ca. 1852.

2. James Heaney, of Normanby Tp., son of Owen Heaney and Mary Smith, was born almost certainly in 1830,[54] in Ireland, died 7 June 1917, aged 86 years, 9 months, of arterial sclerosis,[55] and was buried in the Chapel Hill Roman Catholic Cemetery, Orchardville. James Heaney received a Crown grant of 17 in concession 1 of Normanby Tp. on 3 January 1853, but on 29 April 1858, a few months after his marriage, sold it to a member of the Osborn family.[56] He married 14 February 1858 in Grey Co.,[57] Agnes O’Hara, born 4 December 1835 (per 1901 census) in Ireland,[58] died 31 December 1911,[59] daughter of Oliver O’Hara and Bridget McRuley.[60] At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the first names of both sets of parents, the groom was of Normanby Tp. and the bride of Egremont Tp. As his parents are explicitly called “Owen and Mary Heany” in his marriage record, it is incomprehensible how they came to be called “James Heaney and Mary McCarthy” in his death record (which could not possibly relate to a difference person), except that Owen Heaney died before the birth of James’s son Eugene Heaney, who served as the informant.
    James Heaney was enumerated in the 1861 census, which gives his family’s religion as Roman Catholic but leaves his religion blank.[61] James “Heany” was a rate-payer in Normanby Tp. in 1864,[62] and a directory published in 1865 lists James “Heany” at lot 22, concession 9 of Normanby,[63] although a descendant, Joe Heaney, states that he was of lot 23.[64] In the 1871 census he is called a farmer and his religion given as Roman Catholic,[65] and similar information is given for him in 1881.[66]
    According to Joe Heaney, “When the house on con. 9 deteriorated, and not being a builder, James [Heaney] Sr. and Agnes Heaney moved to lot 19, conc. 1, 1st Div. [of] Normanby Township in 1885, and also acquired lot 19, con. 1, 2nd Div., giving them a total of 100 acres. This property now belongs to Watcha Farms and a arcel of this land has been sold to New Life Mills in 1988. When James Sr. died in 1917, the property was deeded to his son Eugene.” As “James Haney” he was enumerated in Normanby Tp. in the 1901 census[67] and in the same township, near the village of Holstein, in the 1911 census.[68] A brief account of this family by a descendant, Joe Heaney, appears in Normanby Reflections: A History of Normanby Township (1989), cited above. Known issue:

  1. Mary Heaney, born 1858 (aged 3 years in 1861) in Ontario, died by 1863, when another daughter was given the same name.
  2. Catherine Heaney, born ca. 1860-61 in Ontario, still living unmarried with her parents in 1881, but not longer in their household in 1901. Joe Heaney says she “settled in the United States.” She was probably dead by Jan. 1941, when she is not mentioned among the living sibling in the death notice of her brother, James J. Heaney.
  3. Mary Heaney, born 24 October 1962 in Ontario,[69] living unmarried with her parents in 1911. The last surviving member of her family, she was unmarried and of Normanby Tp. at the death of her brother Eugene in 1943.
  4. 7James J. Heaney, born probably 10 February 1866,[70] in Normanby Tp. (per marriage record).
  5. Agnes Heaney, born ca. 30 April 1868 in Ontario, living with her parents in 1881 but not in 1901. Joe Heaney says she “settled in the United States.” She was probably dead by Jan. 1941, when she is not mentioned among the living sibling in the death notice of her brother, James J. Heaney.
  6. Christopher Heaney, born 5 August 1869 (per his baptimsal record) or 9 August 1869 (per 1901 census.[71] in Ontario, died 22 April 1930, of pneumonia, allegedly aged 59 years, 8 months, and 9 days,[72] in Normanby Tp.,[73] and buried in the “St. Paul’s section,” Holy Cross Roman Catholic Cemetery, Mount Forest, Arthur Tp., Wellington Co. He was living unmarried with his parents in 1901. He married in 1904 at Mount Forest,[74] Mary Ann McDonald, born 1870 (probably in Egremont Tp.), died 15 February 1951 at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Luke Sullivan, and buried with her husband, daughter of John McDonald and Margaret Doherty. In his death record, Christopher Heaney is called a farmer, of the 2nd concession of Egremont, near the village of Holstein; the informant was his wife. His death announcement reads, in part:
    Last week it was our sad duty to record the sudden death of Christopher Heaney on April 22nd at his home of the 2nd [concession] of Egremont. The news of his death came as a great shock to his many friends andneighbors as only a few knew of his illness, which was only of five days of pneumonia, followed by heart trouble. The late Mr. Heaney was born in Normanby Tp. in the year 1870, and came to Egremont in 1901, where he made his home ever since. In the year 1904 he married Mary A. McDonald, also of Egremont, who with five children, John, jean, Francis, Margaret, and Joseph, all at home, are left to mourn the loss of an affectionate husband and loving father. He is also survived by two brothers and two sisters: James, Eugene, and Mary of Normanby, and Mrs. Guthrie of Toledo, Ohio [whom we cannot further identify]. He was a good neighbor, always willing to help in time of need. The funeral, which was held on Friday morning, April 25th, to St. Mary’s Church, Mount Forest, was largely attended by friends and acquaintances. Requiem High Mass was celebrated by the Rev. Father Doyle. Interment was made in Holy Cross Cemetery. The pallbeaeres were his neighbors: Messrs. George Fenton, Robert Sim, George Brurows [sic], Albert Moyer, Owen Heaney, and Patrick Heaney.
    His widow’s death notice reads, in part:
    Mrs. Christopher Heaney [was] a highly respected citizen of Egremont township, beloved by all who knew her and a devout member of the Roman Catholic Church. In failing health for some time, she suffered a severe stroke, November 15…. Surviving are [all her children and] … three brothers: Arthur Kennilworth, John, Lion’s Head, and Thomas, Mount Forest, and two sisters, Margaret (Mrs. D. Quirk), Mount Forest, and Sarah (Mrs. John Crowley), North Edmonton, Alta. Two brothers, James and William, predeceased her…. Amongst those attending from a distance were John McDonald and daughter, Lion’s Head, Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Doherty, and Mr. Eric Sharpe, Kitchener.
    Known issue:[75]
    1. John Jacob Heaney, of Mount Forest, born 2 September 1905 in Egremon Tp., died 26 March 1981 at Mount Forest, and buried there in the “St. John’s section,” Holy Cross Cemetery. He married 28 June 1956 in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Mount Forest, Regina M. Reisnauer, born 1935, who is mentioned on her husband’s tombstone but was evidently still living at the time it was transcribed in 1983. She was a daughter of Adoph Reisnauer, of Mount Forest. His death notice reads, in part:
      He was born … in Egremont Township, where he resided until his marriage. For the past 25 years he has lived in Normanby Township…. Mr Heaney’s main interest in life was farming up until five years ago when he took sick. The late Mr. Heaney was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Mount Forest…. The pallbearers were Carman Dickson, Steven Braunstein, Herb Frederick, Peter Vandevelde, Martin Hellier, and George Draper.
      Only child:
      1. Marianne Heaney.
    2. Mary Jane Heaney (called “Jean” in the death notice of her brother John), born 2 June 1907, died 1973, and buried with her husband in the “St. John’s section,” Holy Cross Cemetery, Mount Forest. She married Luke J. Sullivan, born 1894, died 1968.
    3. Christopher Francis (“Frank”) Heaney, born 8 December 1908, died (unmarried) 28 February 1973 “at his home in Mount Forest … in his 64th year,” and buried with his parents. His death notice reads, in part:
      He spent his entire lifetime in Egremont Township, farming in the Holstein area for a number of years, except for the last four years when he resided in Moount Forest. He attended the Mount Forest St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church and belonged to the Holy Name Society. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Luke (Jean) Sullivan and Mrs. Fred (Margaret) Stortz, both of Mount Forest; two brothers, Joseph of Normanby Township and Joseph of Mount Forest…. Requiem mass was celebrated at St. Mary’s R.C. Church on Staurday morning at 10:30 a.m. Interment was in Holy Cross Cemetery. The pallbearers were James McDonald, Arthur McNeil, Leon Coulson, Matthew Shea, Joseph Heaney of Guelph, and Alex McDonald.
    4. Marguerita Agnes Heaney, born 31 December 1912 at Holstein, Ontario, died 1975, and buried in the “St. John’s section,” Holy Cross Cemetery, Mount Forest. She married 14 June 1944 at Mount Forest, Frederick Ambrose Stortz, born 30 October 1905 in Arthur Tp., Wellington Co., who is mentioned on his wife’s tombstone but was evidently still living at the time it was transcribed in 1983. They had three children.
    5. Joseph Heaney, born 1914, mentioned on his parents’ tombstone but evidently still alive when it was transcribed in 1983. He was certainly alive at the death of his brother John on 26 March 1981.
  7. Jane Heaney, born 20 October 1872 in Norby Tp., living 1881, but not found with her parents in the 1901 census. She married 14 Feb 1898 in Wellington Co.,[76] Charles Keais, born 1871-72 (aged 26 in 1898) in Norby Tp., son of Hugh Keais and Bridget McCarthy.[77] At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplied the full names of both sets of parents, the bride was of Norby Tp., and the groom was a blacksmith, of Mount Forest. She was probably dead by Jan. 1941, when she is not mentioned among the living sibling in the death notice of her brother, James J. Heaney.
  8. Owen Eugene Heaney, born 4 December 1874 (per his baptismal record),[78] in Ontario, died before 22 Apirl 1930, as he is not mentioned among the living siblings in the death notice of his brother Christopher. (Note that the statement in an earlier version of these notes that he was buried near his brother James confused him with their cousin, Owen, son of William Heaney, to whom he was extremely close in age). He is not found with his parents in the 1901 census, but reappears in their household in 1911, his wife having perhaps died in the interim. In between, he married 20 January 1904 in St. Mary’s Roman Catholic church, Mount Forest, Rebecca Agnes O’Connell, daughter of Timothy O’sConnell and Helen McQuinn. only known child:
    1. Mary Hellen Heaney, born 16 August 1904.
  9. Oliver Heaney, born 11 November 1878, died young.
  10. Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Heaney, born 1880, died unmarried 1962, and buried in the “St. John’s section” of Mount Forest Holy Cross Cemetery, Mount Forest, Arthur Tp. (although she is also mentioned on the tombstone of a group of siblings in Chapel Hill Roman Catholic Cemetery, Orchardville, in evident anticipation of her being buried with them). She is not found with her parents in the 1901 census, and was probably dead by Jan. 1941, when she is not mentioned among the living sibling in the death notice of her brother, James J. Heaney.
  11. Patrick Heaney, born 1882, died 19__, and buried near his brother James. He is not found with his parents in the 1901 census, nor is he mentioned among the living sibling in the death notice of his brother, Christopher Heaney, in 1930.
  12. Eugene Heaney, born 21 November 1875 (per 1901 census) in Normanby Tp., died 3 April 1943 in Normanby Tp., and buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Orchardville. He is found in his parents’ household in the 1901 census, and “Eugene Heaney, Mount Forest, R.R. 3” served as the informant on his father’s record in 1917, upon which he inherited the latter’s land. According to Joe Heaney, “When Eugene died in 1917 the property passed to Leo Heaney, a nephew.” he married Rebecca Agnes O’Connell, died in October 1941. His death notice reads, in part:
    After an illness of about five weeks there passed away at his home in Normanby Township, on Saturday, April 3, Eugene Heaney, in his 69th year. He was born in Normanby, near Ayton, a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. James Heaney, and was well known and highly respected throughout the district. In October 1941, his wife Rebecca Agnes O’Connell passed away. Since then, his sister, Miss Mary Heaney, the only surviving member of the family, has kept house for him. to her the sympathy of the community is extended. The funeral was held on Tuesday morning following Requiem High Mass in St. Mary’s Church, Mount Forest, and interment took place in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Orchardville…. The pall bearers were six nephews, Messrs. Joseph, Frank and John, Leo, William, and Joseph Heaney.
    It has been stated that Eugene Heaney and his wife had issue, but this seems unlikely in view of the absence of any mention of the fact in his death notice.
  13. (according to Martin Bootsman) Julia Heaney.

3. Anne Heaney, daughter of Owen Heaney and Mary Smith, was born ca. 1834 in Ireland, reportedly at Oldcastle, co. Meath (though this may be a confusion with the birthplace of her husband).[79] and died 3 December 1889 at Eden Valley, Minnesota.[80] She married (evidently in extreme youth) 21 September 1848 in Our Lady Immaculate Parish Community, Guelph, Ontario,[81] John Gibney, apparently of Normanby Tp., said to have been born 22 June 1819 (though this is seriously incompatible with the age of 25 years reported for him in the 1861 census) at Oldcastle, co. Westmeath, Ireland, ostensibly still alive when the county history was published in 1888, son of Timothy Gibney and Mary E. Carney (see below). We have not found this couple in the 1852 census, but they are enumerated in the 1861 census of Normanby Tp., in which John is called a farmer, and the family’s religion given as Roman Catholic.[82] A directory published in 1865 lists John Gibney at lot 46, concession 3 of Normanby, the same lot as his brother-in-law John Taylor.[83] Not too long after, probably about 1867 (see below under the account of their son Owen) they removed to Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota, where they are enumerated in the 1870 census.[84] According to Reuben L. Gibney, “He [John Gibney] and his family migrated (around 1870) to Eden Valley, Minnesota with a group named ‘The MacKinsie Group,’ because of the discrimination and [poor] treatment by the English residents of the Normandy [i.e. Normanby] area.”[85] At the birth of their son Patrick in 1871 they were at Eden Valley, which town lies partly in Manannah Tp., on the county line of Stearns and Meeker. They were again enumerated in Manannah Tp. in the 1880 census.[86] John Gibney or one of his older sons must have been the “Mr. Gibney, near Manannah, who got from less than half an acre of ground 29¾ bushels of No. 1 wheat,” as reported in the Litchfield News Ledger in a story mentioning record-breaking crops.[87]
    A rather full account of John Gibney appears in the county history:

John Gibney, an enterprising and successful farmer residing on section 27, Manannah township, is one of the most intelligent and one of the best read and posted men in the county, and a man of a great deal of natural as well as acquired ability. He is a self-educated man, but a thorough course of reading on scientific, theological and other subjects has made him a ripe scholar, and because of his attainments he is one of the most prominent citizens in the northern part of the county.
    Mr. Gibney was born in County West Meath, Ireland, on the 22d of June, 1819, and is a son of Timothy and Mary E. (Carney) Gibney. His early life was spent in the land of his birth, but in 1836 he came to the new world, landing at New York, and settled in the county of Madison, in New York State. In 1838 he removed to Canada, and remained there until 1865, when he came to Meeker county, Minn., and settled in Manannah township, where he has since lived. In 1818 Mr. Gibney was married to Miss Anna Heaney, and their union has been blessed with ten children, five girls and five boys, whose names are as follows — Timothy, Mary, James, Owen, Katie, Ann, Patrick, Christopher and Eliza, all of whom are living. The family are members of the Catholic Church.
    During twenty-two years of his life, Mr. Gibney followed railroatling, but the balance of the time he has been farming. In political matters he is an independent voter, and acts regardless of the dictation of party or creed. He has taken an active interest in his township affairs, and has held several local offices, one of which was that of township assessor.[88]

    Known issue:

  1. Timothy Gibney, said to have been born 22 November 1849 at Owen Sound, Ontario (compatible with the age of 11 years reported for him in the 1861 census), died 26 September 1921 at Sturgis, Saskatchewan. He married (1) Catherine Ryan, died 1878 at Eden Valley. He is enumerated one page away from his parents in the 1880 census of Manannah, in which he is called a farmer, with his sons John (aged 6) and Dennis (aged 4).[89] He married (2) 4 February 1883 at Eden Valley, Mary Ellen McCaffery, born in June 1866 in Massachusetts, of Irish-born parents (per the 1900 census), living 1906. He had two children by his first wife, and fifteen by his second.[90] He, with his second wife and his eleven older children, were enumerated in the 1900 census of Dry Lake, Ramsey, North Dakota, in which his occupation is left blank; his “number of years in the United States” is given as 33, implying an immigration date of about 1867 which agrees with that given for his brother Owen in the same record; but the “year of immigration to the United States” — the value of which was possibly obtained by subtraction — is given as 1877, which is impossible (his eldest son John having been born in Minnesota in 1875).[91] His early life is described in the history of Meeker County, published in 1888:
    Timothy Gibney … is an enterprising and thorough farmer who resides on section 27, in Manannah township. He was born in Upper Canada on the 22d of November, 1849, and is the son of John and Anna (Heaney) Gibney, his parents being natives of Ireland. His early life was spent in his native Dominion and in 1865 he came with his parents to the United States and they made their way directly to Meeker county, Minn., settling in Manannah township, where they still reside. Timothy has 120 acres of land and has been very successful in his farming operations. In connection with his diversified farming interests, he carries on stock raising in a limited way.
        The subject of our sketch was married on the 4th of February, 1883, to Miss Mary E. McCaffery, and their marriage has been blessed with three children whose names are James T., Elizabeth, and Patrick, all of whom are still living and at home. Mrs. Gibney’s parents were both natives of Ireland, who came to America at an early day and died in Upper Canada. Both Mr. and Mrs. Gibney are exemplary members and active supporters of the Catholic Church. Mr. Gibney is a Democrat in political matters and has taken an active interest in township affairs, having held various local offices.[92]
    In Harvest of Memories (which should be consulted for further details of this family) it is stated that in 1903,
    Timothy Gibney, a nephew of Catherine O’Reagan, went up to Canada (Saskatchewan wasn’t a province yet) and investigated homesteading. The next year the Gibneys, Fitzpatricks and Reagans, all related, sold their farms, and moved up to what is now the Sturgis area to homestead. Two of the Patrick O’ Reagan children, Anne and Elizabeth, with their husbands, remained at Eden Valley. The rest loaded up all their cattle, machinery, and other possessions and took the train to the outpost of Yorkton. The next fifty to sixty miles to their homestead, probably by horses and wagon, was a nightmare. They came in one of the wet cycles where every low spot was full of water. Black flies and mosquitoes were everywhere. The bridge over the Whitesand River had gone out. Story has it that Earl Laing helped them out by taking eighteen loads of furniture and belongings across the river in his boat. In all, they were about seventeen to eighteen days trying to get to their new land. The Reagan clan lived in sod houses for the first few years, probably on the quarter of land Patrick bought in 1903…. Patrick began working his homestead quarter [NE 26-34-4-W2] and by 1909 he had sixty-seven acres broke and in crop. He had proved up his homestead amd received his patent on October 28, 1905. He built a 25×18 foot lumber house as well as some out-buildings. He and his family moved in April 1907.[93]
    His family is found at 12-34-4-W2 in the 1906 census, surrounded by the families of several of his sons.[94] They are also found there in the 1911 census.[95] Charles Gibney, Jr.  (1924-1992) One of his children by his second wife was Charles Hugh Gibney, who married our kinswoman Honora Healy (see group photograph below); and among this couple’s thirteen children were the Rev. Charles Gibney (1924-1992), a Catholic priest.[96]
  2. Mary Gibney, born ca. 1852-53 in Ontario (aged 8 in 1861), said to have been baptized 12 January 1853 at Guelph, Ontario. She is said to have married ____ FitzPatrick.
  3. Owen Gibney (named for his maternal grandfather), born 26 December 1858 in Ontario, died 1951, and buried in the churchyard of Our Lady of Manannah. He married 2 April 1888, Mary Cassady/Cassidy, born 10 September 1866 [?] in Canada, of Irish-born parents, died 1927, and buried with her husband. According to the 1900 census of Manannah, which calls him a farmer, he came to the U.S. in 1867, she in 1883, and they had six children, of whom five were then living.[97] The 1910 census of Manannah states that Mary had borne seven children, of whom only four were still alive; living with them at the time was Mary’s sister, Ellen Cassady.[98] The 1920 census of Mananah states that Owen Gibney was naturalized in 1866, and gives his occupation as farmer.[99]
        A short biography of him published in Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota (Chicago, 1904), reads as follows:

    Owen Gibney, residing on section 15 of Manana township, is one of the prosperous and highly esteemed farmers of Meeker county. Mr. Gibney was born in Canada, December 26, 1858. His parents, John and Anna (Heaney) Gibney, were natives of Ireland. Our subject came to Minnesota with his parents when he was six years of age, and the family settled in Meeker county. He attended the common schools and worked with his father until he was twenty-four years of age, when he bought a farm on section 15 of Manana township. He now owns eighty acres of land, all of which he has under cultivation, and the farm yields a good income. He has a good seven-room house on the place and two log barns and has placed valuable improvements on the farm. He has all machinery necessary and keeps considerable stock, and follows general farming successfully.
        Mr. Gibney was married April 2, 1888, to Mary Cassidy, who was born in Canada, September 10, 1868. To Mr. and Mrs. Gibney five children have been born, namely: Johanna, Anna E., Maggie B., Mary E., and Sarah J. Mr. Gibney is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and the Catholic church.[100]

    The statement that Owen Gibney was six when he came to the U.S. implies a date of about 1864, which is not in accord with that cited above which places his move in 1867; and some liberty appears to have been taken in the statement of his wife’s birthdate, which was probably a few years earlier than given here.
        A rather unusual farmer’s directory published in 1913 or 1914 lists Owen Heaney and his wife on section 15 of Manannah Tp., gives the names of their four living children (Johanna, Anna, Blanche, and “May”), and states that they had been in the county for 45 years (in agreement with the statement in the 1867 census respecting his arrival in the U.S.).[101] For further details of this family see the webpage of R. Gibney. Known issue:

    1. Johannah Gibney, born February 1889 in Minnesota, living unmarried with her parents in 1910 but no longer living with them in 1920.
    2. Anna E. Gibney, born October 1890 in Minnesota, died ____, and buried at Our Lady of Manannah, sharing a tombstone with her younger sister, Agnes Gibney. She was living unmarried with her parents in 1910 but no longer living with them in 1920. She married ____ Borman, who we have not identified. From various evidence, her husband was pretty clearly not the Clement H[erman?] Borman (1893-1983) buried in the same cemetery.
    3. Willie Gibney, died in infancy 11 November 1893, and buried at Our Lady of Manannah, sharing a tombstone with his younger brother Johnny.
    4. Maggie Blanche Gibney, born probably in July 1893 in Minnesota, still living unmarried with her parents in 1920, when she was a public-school teacher.
    5. Mary E. Gibney, born in July 1895, called “May” in the 1913/14 directory and in the 1920 census; still living unmarried with her parents in 1920, when she was a public-school teacher.
    6. Sarah Jane Gibney, born in Jan. 1897, died 26 May 1905, and buried at Our Lady of Manannah.
    7. Willie Gibney, died in infancy 11 February 1901, and buried at Our Lady of Manannah, sharing a tombstone with his elder brother Willie.
    8. John Gibney, born 1910-11 (aged 9 in 1920) in Minnesota.
    9. Agnes Gibney, born 1912-13 (aged 7 in 1920) in Minnesota, died (unmarried) 1931, and buried with her sister, Ann (Gibney) Borman.
  4. Jane Gibney, born 1858-59 in Ontario (aged 12 in 1871, 21 in 1880). She initially remained in Ontario when her parents went to Minnesota, and in 1871 is found as a 12-year-old girl in the household of her uncle, Owen Heaney, Jr.[102] However, she is found in her parents’ household at Manannah in the 1880 census, in which she is called a “laborer on farm.” she married 20 June 1889,[103] Daniel Hawkins.
  5. Catherine Gibney, born 1 August 1862 in Ontario, baptized 12 October 1862 in Normandy Tp. She married William Mulvihill. Issue:[104]
    1. Anna Mulvihill, born 1894 at Minot, Ward County, North Dakota, died in 1988 at Spokane, Washington; married Joseph A. O’Neill, born in 1892 in Iowa, died in 1965 at Spokane. They had six children, including a daughter, JoAnn O’Neill.[105]
    2. Elizabeth “Beth” Mulvihill, born 1896 in Noth Dakora, died 1992 at Burlington, Skagit County, Washington, U.S.A.; married Parley W. Connell, born 1889 in Utah. They had at least one child, a daughter who married Arthur Halbert Silvernail.[106]
    3. Charlie Mulvihill.
    4. Harry Mulvihill.
    5. Jack Mulvihill.
    6. Jerome Mulvihill.
    7. Margaret Mulvihill.
    8. William Mulvihill.
  6. Ann Gibney, born 25 October 1864 in Minnesota. She is said to have married ____ McDonagh.
  7. James Gibney, born ca. 1867 in Minnesota.
  8. Patrick John Gibney, born in Jan. 1871 at Eden Valley, Minnesota, died 15 March 1952 at Los Angeles, California. He married 11 February 1896 in hennepin Co., Minnesota,[107] Marie Jeveneger, born in August 1872 in North Dakota, of parents both born in Norway, died 1900-20. As “P.J. Gibney” he is enumerated in the 1900 census of Towner, McHenry Co., North Dakota, in which he is called a hardware merchant.[108] In 1920 Patrick Gibney, by then a widower, was enumerated with his sons as residents of the U.S. General Hospital, Fort Bayard, Grant Co., New Mexico, the census enumerator (who in this case was barely literate) seemingly giving his occupation as “artillery service.”[109] In 1920 they were enumerated at an “unincorporated place” called Central, in Precinct no. 1, Grant Co., New Mexico; Patrick, the manager of an auto garage, now being called the “father” and his son Reuben listed as the head of the family; living with them was a “cousin” to the head, Archie “Lunday,” aged 18, born in North Dakota of a father born in Ireland and mother born in Minnesota, who must clearly have been a child of Patrick’s younger sister, Elizabeth (Gibney) Lundy.[110] Known issue:
    1. Laurence W. Gibney, born in July 1896 in North Dakota (per 1900 census).
    2. Reuben Leo Gibney, Sr., born 12 May 1899 at Williston, Williams Co., North Dakota, living 1930.[111] He is called “Rubin L.” in the 1920 census but “Reuben L.” in the 1930 census, in which he is called a mechanic in an auto garage. See the webpage of R. Gibney for further details. He married before 1919 (R. Gibney places the marriage at El Paso, Texas, on 20 June 1917, while noting that it would have made the bride 14 years of age at the time), Gertrude Vivien Wiley, born 25 January 1903 in New Mexico, of a father born in Texas and mother born in New Mexico, died in November 1971 at Santa Clara, Grant Co., New Mexico.[112] They were living with his father in 1920, and his father was living with them in 1930. Known issue:
      1. Reuben Leo Gibney, Jr., born about April 1919 (aged 1 year, 2 months at the taking of the census on 22 June 1920).
      2. Arcelia M. Gibney, born 1 May 1927 at Santa Rita, Grant Co., New Mexico, died 12 September 1969 at Santa Ana, Orange Co., California, aged 42 years. She married George P. Carter. We take most of our information on her from the webpage of R. Gibney.
  9. Christopher Gibney, born ca. 1874 in Meeker Co., died 1934 at Long Beach, California.
  10. Elizabeth Gibney, born ca. 1877-78 (aged 41 in 1920) in Meeker Co., living 1920. She married before 1903, Thomas Lundy, born 1868-69 (aged 51 in 1920), living 1920. Previous research on the Gibney family indicated only that Elizabeth Gibney had married a man whose last name was Lundy. It subsequently became possible to identify her husband thanks to the discovery of their Archie in the household of Elizabeth’s brother Patrick in the 1930 census; this record, which calls Archie a “cousin” to Patrick’s son, states that Archie’s father was born in Ireland and his mother in Minnesota. Thomas and Elizabeth Lundy were enumerated in the 1920 census of Mount Vernon, Skagit Co., Washington State, in which he is called a railroad worker, and his year of immigration to the U.S. as 1888.[113] We have not found this couple in Ancestry.com’s transcription of the 1930 census. Known issue:
    1. Mary Lundy, born 1902-03 (aged 17 in 1920) in North Dakota, still living unmarried with her parents in 1920.
    2. Annie Lundy, born 1905-06 (aged 14 in 1920) in North Dakota.
    3. Catherine Lundy, born 1908-09 (aged 11 in 1920) in Minnesota.
    4. Archie Lundy, born about September 1911 (aged 8 years and 4 months a the taking of the census on 10 January 1920, 18 years in 1930) in Minnesota (per 1920 census) or in North Dakota (per 1930 census), who as noted above was living with his maternal uncle, Patrick Gibney, in Grant Co., New Mexico, in 1930.[114] We have not identified him in earlier census records.
    5. Joseph Lundy, born about October 1918 (aged 1 year and 3 months at the taking of the census in 10 January 1920) in Washington State.

Gibney family, 1950

Family of Charles and Nora (Healy) Gibney, 1950,
with identifications by Florence (Healy) Keller;
Photo courtesy of Marsha (Keller) Weaver
(Click for larger image)

  1. Winnie, wife of Wilfred Gibney
  2. Fr. Charles Gibney
  3. Terry Gibney
  4. Jo, wife of Clem Gibney
  5. Clem Gibney
  6. Nora (Healy) Gibney, died 1961
  7. Hubert Gibney
  8. Margaret Gibney, died 1973
  9. Tom Gibney
  1. Mary Gibney
  2. Bernard Gibney
  3. Frank Gibney
  4. Noreen Gibney
  5. Rita (Gibney) Duke
  6. Joe Gibney, died 1964
  7. Alex Duke, husband of Rita
  8. Charles Gibney, Sr., died 1961
  9. Wilfred Gibney, died 1965

4. Patrick Owen Heaney, son of Owen Heaney and Mary Smith, was born about 1836 in Ireland,[115] perhaps in co. Mayo as stated in the death record of his son John, died 9 March 1915 in Normanby Tp., Grey Co., of old age,[116] and was buried in St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Ayton.[117] He is not found with this family in the 1852 census, but a directory published in 1865 lists “Patrick Heany” at lot 23, concession 9 of Normanby,[118] immediately adjacent to James Heaney. He married 26 January 1862,[119] Margaret Hanrahan, born around 1839 in Ireland,[120] possibly in co. Tipperary as stated in the death record of her son John, died 27 September 1911 in Normanby Tp., of “nuristhemia” (neurasthenia) and heart failure,[121] daughter of John Hanrahan (who is named in her death record), by the latter’s wife Mary O’Brien.[122] Her maiden name is given as Hanahan in the 1896 marriage record of their daughter Mary Anne and as Hannahan in the 1930 death record of their son John. The spellings “Hamaker” in her own death record and “Hamsharn” in a published transcription of the 1905 marriage record of their son John are certainly mistakes.
    Patrick “Heany” was a rate-payer in Normanby Tp. in 1864.[123] Patrick Heaney is enumerated only one page away from his brother James Heaney in the 1871 census of Normanby Tp., in which he is called a farmer, and his religion given as Roman Catholic.[124] Similar information is given for him in the 1881 census, in which his household was enumerated next to that of James Heaney.[125] He was also enumerated in Normanby Tp. in 1901.[126] In his and his wife’s death records, their address is given as lot 3, concession 8 of Normanby. The “exact” birthdates reported for this family in the 1901 census are not to be accepted at face value, and several are demonstrably impossible. Known issue (all born in Ontario):

  1. Mary Heaney, born 24 January 1864, died young, presumably by 1870 when another daughter was named Mary Ann.
  2. Owen Eugene Heaney, born 5 November 1866 (per 1901 census), alive in 1923; called Eugene in 1871 but Owen in 1881 and 1901. He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1901. As documented below, he is named as Owen Heaney, of Ayton, Ontario, uncle of Vincent Corcoran, in April 1923.
  3. Johanna Heaney, born 28 March 1868,[127] died 1948, and buried with her husband in Chapel Hill Roman Catholic Cemetery. She was still living unmarried with her parents in 1901. She subsequently married 11 February 1918, John Smith, born perhaps 1857 or 1867 [?],[128] died ____. Considering that she was aged nearly 50 at her marriage, it seems unlikely she can have had children. A Mary Kelly (1886-1960), otherwise unidentified, is buried with her and her husband.
  4. Mary Anne Heaney, born 6 October 1870 in Normanby Tp., alive in 1930. As Mary Anne Haney she married 27 January 1896 at Ayton, Normanby Tp.,[129] Joseph M. Corcoran, born about 1871-72 (aged 8 in 1881, 25 in 1896, 59 in 1930) in Arthur Tp., Wellington Co., alive in 1930, son of Thomas Corcoran and Elizabeth McCann.[130] Her husband was enumerated in his parents’ household in the 1881 census of Arthur Tp.[131] (The mother of Honora Healy, wife of Charles Hugh Gibney above, was also a McCann, but we do not know if there was any connection between the two families.) At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the names of both sets of parents, the bride was living in Normanby Tp. and the groom (who was a farmer) in Arthur Tp.; the witnesses were John Corcoran of Arthur Tp. and Johann[a] Haney of Normanby Tp. We have not found this couple in the 1901 census. He and his son Thomas moved to the U.S. and received citizenship by 1922, the rest of the family possibly following as they did not receive citizenship until the next year. As Jos. M. Corcoran, millwright, and wife Mary, they are found at 10351 Stoepel Ave., Detroit, in a 1928 city directory.[132] They and three of their children are found at the same address in the 1930 census, in which Joseph is called a millwright in an auto factory.[133] Known issue:
    1. Mary Margaret Corcoran, born 13 May 1897 in Wellington Co.[134] Not found with her parents in the 1930 census.
    2. Thomas Patrick Corcoran, born 13 October 1898 at Goderich, Huron Co.[135] He probably went with his father to Michigan in 1922, as the years of their citizenship match and are earlier than for the rest of the family. He married 7 July 1923 at Hamilton, Wentworth Co., by Roman Catholic rites,[136] Martha M. Diamond, born 1902-03 (aged 20 in 1923) in Scotland, daughter of James Diamond and Helen O’Neail. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the names of both sets of parents including the maiden surnames of the mothers, the groom was a mechanic, of Detroit (Wayne Co., Michigan), and the bride a clerk, of Hamilton, Ontario; the witnesses were [his brother] Vincent Corcoran, of Detroit, and Helen Diamond, of Hamilton. His wife then joined him in Detroit, and as Thomas P. Corcoran, toolmaker, and wife Martha, are found at 10371 Stoepel Ave., in a 1928 directory.[137] They are found at the same address (very close to his parents) with two daughters in the 1930 census, in which he is called a toolmaker in an auto factory.[138] Known issue:
      1. Mary A. Corcoran, born about October 1926 (aged 3 6/12 in April 1930) in Michigan.
      2. Patricia A. Corcoran, born about June 1928 (aged 1 10/12 in April 1930) in Michigan.
    3. Vincent E./J. Corcoran (called Vincent E. Corcoran in the 1930 census), born about March 1900 (no birth registration found) at Mount Forest, Grey Co., Ontario. He served as a witness at the 1923 wedding of his older brother Thomas. This is probably the explanation for his crossing the U.S. border at Detroit on 4 April 1923; the record names him as Vincent J. (sic) Corcoran, of Detroit, auto mechanic, aged 23 years and 1 month, born at Mt. (sic) Forest, son of Joseph M. Corcoran, and his nearest relative (in Canada) as his uncle Owen Heaney, of Ayton, Ontario.[139] He was still living unmarried with his parents in 1930, when he was a bus driver.
    4. Francis Harold Corcoran (called Harold F. Corcoran in the 1930 census), born 11 October 1901 in Wellington Co.,[140] living unmarried with his parents in 1930, when he was a postal clerk.
    5. James Leonard Corcoran, born 9 December 1902 in Wellington Co.[141] Not found with his parents in the 1930 census.
    6. John Ignatius Corcoran, born 22 July 1906 (no county stated in record).[142] Not found with his parents in the 1930 census.
    7. Gladys G. Corcoran, born 1909-10 (no birth registration found; aged 20 in 1930) in Ontario; living unmarried with her parents in 1930.
  5. John Heaney, born 11 June 1873 on lot 23, concession 10 of Normanby Tp. (per his death record), died 10 June 1930 in Normanby Tp., of a paralytic stroke, aged 57 years less one day, and buried in St. Peter’s Cemetery, Ayton, Ontario.[143] He married 22 February 1905 at Ayton, Normanby Tp., Grey Co.,[144] Ellen Horrigan, born 1868-69 (aged 36 in 1905) in Normanby Tp., daughter of Denis Horrigan and Honora O’Sullivan. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents, both parties were of Normanby Tp., and the groom was a farmer; the witnesses were Owen Heaney of Orchard Tp. and Johanna Heaney of Ayton Tp. In his death record, John Heaney is called a farmer, of lot 23, concession 7, Normanby Tp. No children have been identified.
  6. Margaret Heaney, born 20 June 1874,[145] died (apparently unmarried) 18 November 1912, aged 28 years, and buried with her parents. She was living unmarried with her parents in 1901.
  7. James Patrick Heaney, born 5 March 1876[146] still living unmarried with his parents in 1901.
  8. William Heaney, born 5 June 1878,[147] died (apparently unmarried) 18 March 1910, aged 27 years, and buried with his parents. He was living unmarried with his parents in 1901.
  9. Catherine Heaney, born 26 August 1880.

5. Christopher Heaney (Sr.), son of Owen Heaney and Mary Smith, was born ca. 1842-43,[148] in Canada West (i.e. Ontario), died 18 January 1917, and was buried in St. Peter’s Catholic churchyard, Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota. Christopher “Heany” was a rate-payer in Normanby Tp. in 1864.[149] He married (1) 16 April 1866,[150] Mary Morrison, born say 1845 (her age is not reportedly reliably in census records; she was stated to be only 18 at her marriage in 1866) in Ireland, died 1880-1897, daughter of James Morrison and Mary Ryan. A directory published in 1865 lists “Christopher Heany” at lot 17, concession 1 of Normanby, the same lot as his father.[151] At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents in full, both parties were of Normanby Tp. Between 1866 and 1870 he went to Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota. There are two wildly discrepant entries for his family in the census of that year, neither giving anything like correct ages for them,[152] but in that of 1875 Christopher’s age is exactly compatible with the one reported for him in 1852. In 1870 he is called a farmer. On 10 November 1873 he was granted the 160 acres of the northwest quarter of section 14, township 121 of range 31 in the District of Sands, Meeker Co., Minnesota,[153] and a county mpa of 1897 sent to us by Frank and Marion Heaney shows him there and also in possession of 1/16 (the southeast quarter of the southeast quarter) of section 11. He is again called a farmer in the 1880 census of Manannah.[154] The 1890 census is lost for most of Minnesota, and he has not been located in that of 1900. However, he reappears in the 1910 census of Manannah, being listed as a farmer owning his own farm, with a different wife, and three children who are clearly too young to have been by his first marriage.[155] He married (2) by 1897, the much younger Elizabeth Burns,[156] born ca. 1861-62 in Ireland of Irish-born parents, died 1935 and buried with her husband, who was the mother of his last three children. She is found as a widow with her sons Patrick, John, and Thomas (all unmarried) in the 1920 census,[157] and again in the 1930 census, which gives her “year of immigration to the United States” as 1888.[158] Buried in the same cemetery as Christopher Heaney and his second wife — but whether in the same plot we not know — is a Blanche E. (Heaney) Linnemeyer, born 20 February 1911, died July 1977 at or near Eden Valley, Meeker Co.[159] A death notice of Christopher Heaney reads:

MINNESOTA PIONEER DIES AT EIGHTY YEARS OF AGE. William Heaney, assistant jailer at police headquarters, received word Thursday night of the death of his father, Chris Heaney, in Meeker county, Minn. Chris Heaney, who was 80 years old [a wild exaggeration], settled in Minnesota before the civil war. James and Owen Heaney and Mrs. John Lovett, Mrs. Feeney and Mrs. James Silk, all of Butte, are children of Chris Heaney. One unusual incident connected with the death was that Chris Heaney, a few hours before he died, read a telegram from Ontario telling of the death of his brother [Owen?] that same day.[160]
Known issue:[161]

(by first wife:)

  1. Mary Ann Heaney, born 13 February 1867 in Ontario, died 1918. She married 2 April 1888 in Meeker County,[162] Thomas Regan, born 1861-62 in Canada West, son of Bryan/Bernard Reagan and Mary ____. They had issue.
  2. Owen H. Heaney (III), born ca. 1869 in Minnesota.
  3. Catherine Heaney, born February 1872 in Minnesota, died 1940. She married by 1900 (when they are enumerated in the census of Manannah Township),[163] John Lovett, born in October 1857 in Canada.
  4. Jane (“Jennie”) Heaney, born ca. 1873 in Minnesota, died 1924.
  5. Margaret (“Maggie”) Heaney, born ca. 1874-75 in Minnesota, died 1887
  6. James Heaney, born ca. 1877-78 in Minnesota, died 1940.
  7. William George Heaney, born September 1879 in Minnesota, died 1918.
  8. Christopher Heaney, Jr., born May 1882 in Minnesota, died 1904. In 1900 he is listed as a “brother-in-law” in the household of John Lovett.
  9. Agnes Heaney, born 1884, died 1963.
  10. Frank P. Heaney, born 1885, died 1962.
  11. Thomas Heaney, born 1887, died same year.

(by second wife:)

  1. Patrick Leo Heaney, born 13 December 1896 in Minnesota, died 14 April 1955 in Kandiyohi Co., Minnesota.[164] He was living unmarried with his mother in 1930, when he is called a “general farm laborer.”
  2. John J. Heaney, born ca. 1897-98 in Minnesota, living unmarried with his mother in 1930, when he is called a “highway laborer.”
  3. Thomas B. Heaney, born 15 September 1901 in Minnesota, died 20 April 1958 in Stearns Co., Minnesota,[165] and buried in the same cemetery (and same plot?) as his parents. He was still living unmarried with his mother in 1930, when he is called a “general farm laborer.”

6. Owen Heaney, Jr., son of Owen Heaney and Mary Smith, was born ca. 1845 (aged “9 at next birthday” in 1852, aged 23 in 1871, 50 in 1901, 69 at death),[166] in Gray County, died 11 January 1917 at Sault Ste. Marie, in the Algoma District, Ontario, of cancer,[167] and buried in buried in St. Ignatius Cemetery (Roman Catholic), Sault Ste. Marie.[168] He is enumerated in the 1871 census of Normanby Tp., in which he called a farmer and his religion given as Roman Catholic. Also in his household were his widowed mother, his niece Jane Gibney, and his (presumed) younger brother William. [169] He was still in Normandy Tp. in 1881 (his household at that time including his widowed mother),[170], but was no longer there in 1901. he married 25 August 1874,[171] Catharine Berigan or Berrigan, born 30 November 1851 (per 1901 census) in co. Carlow, Ireland, died 9 November 1932 at Sault Ste. Marie, daughter of John Berigan and Anne Murphy. Their marriage record names the precise counties of their births and supplies the full names of both sets of parents; the witnesses were James O”Farrell and Catherine Brennan. They are found in the 1891 cenus of the Town of Mount Forest, in which Owen is called a teamster.[172] In the 1901 census he is again called a teamster.[173] According to a great-granddaughter, Deborah McDonald, this family moved from Mt. Forest to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario in 1903. Known issue (said to have been all born in Mt. Forest Red Cross Hospital):[174]

  1. John Francis Heaney, born 20 August 1876 (per baptismal record) or 20 August 1877 (per 1901 census) at Mount Forest, Normanby Tp.,[175] died 24 January 1911 at Sault Ste. Marie, of pneumonia, and buried there in St. Ignatius Cemetery. He was still living unmarried with his parents at the taking of the 1901 census. He married 10 June 1901 in the Roman Catholic Church, Mt. Forest,[176] Bridget (known as Bertha) O’Hara, born 11 December 1874 at Mount Forest,[177] died shortly before 15 August 1946 at Ceylon, Saskatchewan,[178] daughter of Arthur O’Hara, of Mount Forest, by the latter’s wife Ellen McEnary.[179] She was called Bridget in her marriage record, but Bertha in the birth records of all of her children. At the time of their marriage, the record of which supplies the full names of both sets of parents, the groom was a store-keeper, of Normanby Tp., and the bride was of Arthur Tp., Wellington Co.; the witnesses were Joseph McDermott, of Mt. Forest, and Agnes O’Hara, of Arthur Tp. John Francis Heaney possibly went to Sault Ste. Marie even earlier than the rest of his family, as his first four children, at least, were born there; he is called a clerk in a steel mill in the birth record of his daughter Evelyn (1903), and a still-tender in that of his daughter Kathleen/Catherine (1906). His great-grandniece, Deborah MacDonald, writes: “John worked as a clerk and sometimes a bartender. John developed pneumonia and died on January 24, 1911 in Sault Ste. Marie. He is buried in the Heaney plot near his son [Leo]. In August of 1911, Bertha took her [surviving] children and moved out west near a place called Ceylon in Saskatchewan. The children grew up there and I don’t think Bertha ever remarried.” Ceylon lies in a Rural Municipality of Saskatchewan known as “The Gap #39.” A valuable local history published in 1980 contains a substantial account of this family, written by the eldest son Ambrose, which reads, in part:
    After the death of her husband in January 1911 … Mrs. Bertha Heaney decided it would be best to move west to the Ceylon and Hardy area, where her brothers Oliver, Barney, Arthur, Charles, and a sister Agnes (Mrs. William Reidy) were living. In August of that year she arrived with her four children, Ambrose, Evelyn, Kathleen, and Jack.
        Mrs. Heaney and family lived with her brother Oliver for a year on the S.E. 14-5-21 W 2nd. She homesteaded the N.W. 6-5-20 W 2nd, but being a widow did not have to live on the land to prove it up. As long as the required number of acres was broken up, title could be obtained.
        In the summer of 1912, Ambrose and Evleyn lived with their aunt, Mrs. Wm. Reidy, and went to school in Ceylon from their farm, which was four miles from town. In the fall of 1912, Mrs. Heaney purchased a small house and moved it to town so it would be easier to get the children educated.
        In 1915 Mrs. Heaney became janitor of the two-room school in Ceylon (the Village Hall), and with the help of Ambrose and Evelyn carried on this work for a few years. … All of the Heaneys were quite active in sports during their school years, and for many years thereafter. … The family all took part in skating, curling, tennis, [and] baseball, with Jack and Ambrose playing hockey with the Ceylon teams for many years. Eveyln and Ambrose were in the Ceylon Band during the late ’teens and early twenties, and Ambrose was in the Ceylon Orchestra at the same time.[180]
    The death notice of Bertha (O’Hara) Heaney reads in part:
    After an illness of more than a year, borne with true Christian forbearance and patience and after receiving the consolation of the last rites of the Roman Catholic Church, there passed away recently at Ceylon, Sask., a long time and respected resident, Mrs. Bertha Heaney, sister of Mrs. Ellen McNeill, Arthur Tp. Born in Mount Forest on December 11, 1874, the deceased was married to John Heaney, going to live at Sault Ste. Marie where her five children were born. Her husband died in 1911, and that year she went to Hardy, Sask., then to Ceylon, Sask., the next year so as to be close to a school. The esteem in which she and her family are held in Ceylon today is a tribute to her devotion and self-sacrifice. For the next thirty-four years Mrs. Heaney played an active part in the Ceylon community. By her kindness, charity, and patience she earned an enviable place in the hearts of all who came in contact with her. She is survived by two sons, Ambrose of Ceylon and John of Regina, and Kathleen (Mrs. T. Curran), of Ceylon; also three brothers, Oliver, Bernard, and Charles O’Hara; four sisters, Mrs. Wm. Reidy, Regina; Mrs. Ellen McNeill, Mount Forest; Mrs. Julia O’Donnell, Chicago, and Mrs. Theresa Carraher, Stratford; also four grandchildren. The funeral was held in St. Joseph’s Church, Ceylon, when solemn Requiem Mass was celebrated by Rev. R.J. McKenna. Her only grandson, Gerard Heaney, acted as acolyte. The pall bearers were Messrs. P Reidy, E. Reidy, Martin Shannon, Robert Kines, Harry O’Connell, [and] John Downey.
    Issue:[181]
    1. Ambrose Oliver Heaney, born 12 March 1902 at Sault St. Marie,[182] still alive in 1980. He married in December 1931, Leah Morrow, daughter of John W. Morrow, of Carberry, Manitoba, by the latter’s wife Mary Jane Kines.[183] On 7 October 1947, as “Ambrose O. Heaney … older brother,” he supported the declaration of his sister Evelyn as to the circumstances of her birth when she made a delayed application for a certificate thereof. His autobiographical sketch in Builders of a Great Land, cited above, reads, in part:
      In addition to helping his mother with the school janitor work, Ambrose worked part-time in the Kines store and in the munipal office. In 1917 he joined the Bank of British North America (later amalgamated with the Bank of Montreal) and in addition to spending four years in Ceylon, worked in Weyburn, Regina, Rhein, and Tisdale. After ten years with the bank he returned to Ceylon to become Secretary-Treasurer of the Rural Municipality of the Gap No. 39 and the Village of Ceylon, until December 1968, and supervising Secretary-Treasurer for part of 1969. He was later persuaded to go back … for two years to train a new man … for the job.
          During 1968 he remodelled the old post office and set up his own full-time insurance and investment business, beginning January 1st, 1969, which he carried on until May, 1977…. He is now [1980] living in retirement with his wife Leah in the same property that he purchased when he came back to Ceylon in 1927.
          In December 1931 Ambrose married Leah Morrow, a [maternal] niece of Joshua and Robert Kines. Leah worked for a few years in the bank after teaching for a while. They have four children and 14 grandchildren.
      Issue (information as of 1980):
      1. Marlyn Heaney, married ____ Calibaba, of Radville, and had four children.
      2. A. Gerard Heaney, of Ceylon, married in 1966, Bernadette Reidy, and had three children. He receives his own sketch in Builders of a Great Land, p. 87.
      3. Sheila Heaney, married ____ Phillips, of Regina, and had three children.
      4. Kay Frances Heaney, married ____ VanDeSype, of Radville, and had four children.
    2. Evelyn Marie Heaney, born 30 October 1903 at Sault Ste. Marie,[184] living 1980. According to information supplied by her brother Ambrose in Builders of a Great Land, “Evelyn commenced working for Mr. Charles Hailstone in 1920, and after his death in 1923 worked for Mr. H.N. Garrett until 1926, when she joined the Bank of Montreal. In 1932 she was transferred to Regina, and remained at the Victoria and Albert branch until her retirement in 1965. She still [1980] resides in Regina.”
    3. John Leo Heaney, born 4 December 1904,[185] died aged less than one year, from influenza, and buried in the Heaney plot in the St. Ignatius Cemetery, Sault Ste. Marie.
    4. Kathleen Theresa Heaney (called Catherine in her birth record), born 14 January 1906,[186] living 1980. According to information supplied by her brother Ambrose in Builders of a Great Land, “Kathleen commenced working in MacDonald’s store in 1929. In 1931 she began training at the Grey Nuns’ Hospital in Regina, graduating in 1934, and worked at Gravelbourg, Bengough, and Tisdale, returning to Ceylon in 1941. She married Timothy Curran in December 1941, and after his death in 1965, she worked at the Marian Home in Radville until her retirement in 1971. She resides in the original Heaney home on Main Street in Ceylon.” From the separate, very brief, sketch of her husband in the same volume, it seems clear that they had no children.[187] Her husband, Timothy Curran, was brought by his parents from co. Kerry, Ireland, in 1904, and they settled at Indian Lake, Saskatchewan. After serving in World War I, he came to Regina in 1920 and to Ceylon in 1931, where in 1950 he bought the hardware store, which he ran until his death in March of 1965.
    5. John (“Jack”) Francis Heaney, born 8 March 1908 (per Deborah MacDonald; no registration found), living 1980. According to information supplied by his brother Ambrose in Builders of a Great Land, “Jack started working for the Bank of Montreal in 1923, and in 1929 returned to Ceylon to work for his brother in the municipal office. In 1935 he became Secretary Treasurer of the Rural Municipality of Oxbow. In 1939 he moved to Radville as Secretary-Treasurer of [the] R.M. of Laurier #38. He was with the Armed Forced for four years, returning from overseas in 1945. Later on he worked for the Federal Government, Revenue Branch, and remained until his retirement in 1971. He and his wife Muriel now [1980] reside in Victoria, B.C.” No children are mentioned.
  2. Mary Heaney, born 10 April 1878 (per 1901 census), died in 1950 at Sault Ste. Marie. She was still living unmarried with her parents at the taking of the 1901 census, but subsequently married Lawrence Rooney.[188]
  3. Christopher Francis (“Frank”) Heaney, born 16 July 1880, died unmarried in 1972 at Sault Ste. Marie.
  4. Anne Heaney, born 25 June 1882, died 1974 at Sault Ste. Marie. She married Edward Schaefer.
  5. James Heaney, born 14 July 1886 (per. 1901 census) at Mount Forest, died 15 April 1922 at Sault Ste. Marie.
  6. Michael Joseph Heaney, born 30 April 1888,[189] died 1960 at Sault Ste. Marie. He married Mary Ellen Donahue, and had at least two children:
    1. Joseph Gerard Heaney, born 1931, died 2000.
    2. Joseph Frederick Healey, married Marion ____; they assisted in the preparation of this work.
  7. Elizabeth Margaret Heaney, born 17 November 1890, died in 1975 at Sault Ste. Marie. She married Joseph Eli Theriault.[190]
  8. George Eugene Heaney, born 12 December 1891, died in infancy.
  9. Ambrose Heaney, born 14 May 1895 (per 1901 census), died in 1964 at Sault Ste. Marie. He married Rose ____, and they were the grandparents of Deborah MacDonald.

7. William Heaney, son of Owen Heaney and Mary Smith, was born ca. 1852[191] in Ontario, and died 8 October 1908 in Normanby Tp., of dilation of the heart,[192] and buried beside his wife in the Chapel Hill Roman Catholic Cemetery, Orchardville. He appears in the 1871 census in the household of his older brother Owen Heaney, Jr., and the latter’s widowed mother Mary (____) Heaney. Although he is was young enough to have been a grandson of Mary rather than a son, any doubt as to the generation in which he belonged is removed by the fact that a descendant of Mary’s known son, James Heaney, writes of the latter having had “a brother … Bill Heaney [who] married Mary Smith and settled on lot 17, con. 1, Normanby.”[193] He appears as the head of his own household in the 1881 census of Normanby Tp., enumerated next door to Owen Heaney.[194] We have not located him in the 1901 census of Grey County. In his death record, which assigns him the exceedingly improbable ethnicity of German, his address is given as concession 2 of Normanby. He married 25 January 1871,[195] Mary Smith, born ca. 1855-56[196] in Natawasaga Tp., died 5 February 1870 in Normanby Tp., daughter of Patrick Smith, of Normanby Tp., by the latter’s wife Mary Dowling or Doolan.[197] Their marriage record supplies their townships of birth and the full names of both sets of parents. We do not know if William’s wife was related to his mother. Known issue (all born in Ontario, and all living 1881):

  1. James Heaney, born 11 September 1872 at Mount Forest (place per marriage record), died by 1950 (he predeceased his brother Owen). As James “Haney” he married 3 April 1894 at Guelph, by Roman Catholic rites,[198] Martha Agnes Murnahan, born 1872-73 (aged 21 in 1894) in Erin Tp., died 17 November 1924, of pleurisy, aged 51 years, 9 months, 20 days, and buried 2 days following in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Hespeler,[199] daughter of James Murnahan (born in Ireland) and Ann Clarke (born in England). At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents, the groom was a farmer, of Mount Forest, and the bride was of Guelph Tp; the witnesses were Timothy Scanlon, of Guelph, and Ellen Murnahan, of Erin Tp. According to Tom Synnott, the Murnahans “farmed a few concessions back of the Farrell farm in Erin Township and attended the same church of St. Peters in Oustic, which is in Eramasa Twp. Mother thought this is how James [Farrell] met Annie Heaney.” In the record of Martha Heaney’s death, which was reported by her sister Nellie Murnahan, her address is given as lot 11, F Concession 2, Puslinch Tp.
  2. Mary Heaney, born 30 April 1876 at Mount Forest, died 10 February 1915. She married 10 February 1915 at Hespeler, Waterloo Co., Ontario,[200] the much younger William Harry Bowman, born 23 May 1888, at Morriston, Puslinch Tp., Wellington Co., Ontario, baptized in Freelton Catholic Church, died 18 September 1978, apparently at Guelph, Ontario, son of Anthony Bowman and Teresa Obrecht.[201] At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents, the groom was a farmer, of Puslinch, and the bride of Hespeler; the witnesses were Oscar (? entry very illegible) Bowman and Florence Bowman, both of Morriston, in Puslinch Tp. They afterwards moved to Spy Hill, near Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, and are mentioned as of there in the death notice of her sister Elizabeth.
  3. Owen Heaney, born 16 January 1878, died (unmarried) 24 September 1950 at Louise Marshall Hospital, Mount Forest, Ontario, and buried in Chapel Hill Roman Catholic Cemetery, Orchardville. He is somewhat difficult to distinguish from his first cousin, Owen Heaney, son of William, born in November 1877. However, because this other Owen is found in his parents’ household at the taking of the 1911 census, it is likely the present man was the Owen Haney, an unmarried farmer, said to have been born in Jan. 1880, who was enumerated in the first concession of Egremont Tp. in the 1911 census.[202] His own death notice reads, in part:
    The community was greatly shocked to hear of the sudden passing of Mr. Owen Heaney on September 24. He had been ailing for some time but was able to be up and around until Saturday, when he took seriously ill and was taken to the Louise Marshall Hospital, where he quietly passed away on Sunday. He was a life-long resident of the Orchardville community and was highly esteemed by all who knew him. He had a kind and happy disposition and was willing to give a helping hand for all those in need of it. Left to mourn his loss are his two sisters, Elizabeth, who lived with him until his death, and Julia, Mrs. A. Farrell, of Streetsville, and a brother, Pat, who lived on the old homestead. A sister, Mary (Mrs. Bowman), and a brother, James, predeceased him some time ago. The funeral was held on September 27 from the Shuett Funeral Chapel to St. Mary’s Church for Requiem High Mass, sung by Rev. Father Doyle. Interment took place in Chapel Hill Cemetery, Orchardville, Rev. Father O’Brien officated at the grave. The pallbearers were his cousins, William Woods, Lawrence Kelley [these first two probably maternal cousins], Elwood Taylor, William Heaney, Leo Heaney, Joseph Heaney, [and] Frank Heaney. The funeral was largely attended by friends and relatives from Brantford, Hespeler, Guelph, and Streetsville.
  4. Elizabeth Heaney, born 14 March 1880, died by 1885, when another daughter was given the same name.
  5. Elizabeth Heaney, born ca. 1884-85, died (unmarried) 8 July 1967 at Louise Marshall Hospital, Mount Forest, “in her 83rd year,” thus outliving all of her siblings, and buried in Holy Cross Cemetery, Mount Forest.[203] It seems likely she was the child born 7 August 1884 and baptized as Catherine, but was renamed Elizabeth after the death of an older sister of that name. She lived with her brother Owen at Orchardville until his death in 1950. Her death notice reads, in part:
    Following her brother’s death twelve years ago she moved to Mount Forest. She was a devout member of St. Mary’s Church and of the Catholic Women’s League…. The pallbearers were Messrs. James Heaney, Frank Heaney, Joseph Heaney, Bernard Kelly, John Dickson and Arthur Kirby. The large attendance of relatives and friends at the funeral as well as the numerous mass cards testified to the esteem in which Miss Heaney was held. Friends and relatives attended from Brantford, Hespeler, Preston, Guelph, Wiarton, Owen Sound and Buffalo.
  6. (position uncertain) Patrick Heaney. He was still alive at the death of his brother Owen in 1950, but is mentioned as of Orchardville, deceased, in the 1967 death notice of his sister Elizabeth.
  7. Julianna (“Annie”) Heaney, born 9 August 1886 at Mount Forest,[204] died 1 September 1959 at Streetsville, Ontario. As “Julia Anna” Heaney she married 20 July 1920 at Brampton, Peel Co., by Catholic rites,[205] James Joseph Farrell, born 10 October 1864 in Eramosa Township, Wellington County, died 21 January 1947 at Streetsville, son of Michael Farrell and Mary Langford, of Eramosa Township. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents, the bride was of Brampton and the groom, a farmer, of Belwood; the witnesses were Harvey Barry Farrell, of Streetsville, and Frances Loretto Beachinor, of Bellwood. Tom Synnott informs us that Barry Farrell was a son of the groom’s brother Tom, a blacksmith in Streetsville, while Loretto Beechinor was the foster daughter of the groom’s sister. Prior to their marriage, by which time the groom was 55 and the bride almost 34, James had farmed his grandfather Langford’s farm in Erin Township, and for years had lived with his umarried sister Ellen Farrell, who from 1909 to 1926 raised Loretto (Beechinor) Synnott, mother of Tom Synnott. And it is said that Annie had kept house for her two bachelor brothers, who had refused to provide her with a dowry. She and her husband decided to be married away from home in order to have a quiet wedding. They retired to Streetsville in 1926, and are buried with their daughter Mary in St. Joseph’s Cemetery, Streetsville.[206] Only child:
    1. Mary Lorraine Farrell, born 4 April 1921 in Erin Township, died 17 April 1934, of a ruptured appendix, at Streetsville.[207]
Farrell family, 1926
Loretto (Beechinor) Synnott on her wedding day, with James Farrell and his daughter Mary, taken at the Farrell farm in Erin Township in 1926. (Photo courtesy of Tom Synnott)
Farrell family, 1926
James and Annie (Heaney) Farrell, with daughter Mary, taken on the same day. (Photo courtesy of Tom Synnott)

8. James J. Heaney, son of James Heaney and Agnes O’Hara, was born probably 10 February 1866,[208] in Normanby Tp. (per marriage record), died 17 January 1941 in Egremont Tp., and was buried in the Chapel Hill Roman Catholic Cemetery, Orchardville. He was living with his parents in 1881 but not in 1901. As “James Haney” he married 30 October 1900 at Ayton, Normanby Tp.,[209] Mary Catherine Golden, born possibly 27 May 1880 (the 1901 census says 27 May 1881) in Normanby Tp., died 31 September 1956, and buried with her husband, daughter of William Golden and Ellen Rooney. At the time of their marriage, the record of which names both sets of parents, both were residing in Normanby Tp., and the groom was a farmer; the witnesses were William Golden and Mary “Haney,” both of Normanby. The age of 28 years given for the groom is distinctly too low, while that of 21 for the bride is plausible. This couple is enumerated in the 1901 census of Normanby Tp., which purports to provide exact dates of birth for them, but is not very convincing.[210] Joe Heaney states that they settled in the first concession of Egremont Township, which we assume to have been at a later date. Their address is given as Mount Forest in the 1929 death record of their daughter Catherine. Joe Heaney states that all their children attended Nenagh School. A death notice for James J. Heaney reads, in part:

There passed away in Egremont Twp., a well-known resident, James J. Heaney. He had been in failing health for the past couple of years … and … passed away on Friday, January 17. The funeral took place from his late residence to St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Mount Forest, on Monday, Jan. 20 … thence to Chapel Hill Cemetery, Rochard…. The pall-bearers were five sons and a nephew…. He leaves to mourn his loss, his loving wife, five sons and two daughters: James and William at home; Leo, Joseph and Ambrose, Malton, Ont.; Agnes M. (Mrs. Joe Farrell), of Arthur Twp., Ellen G. (Mrs. Dennis Farrell), Mt. Forest. A daughter, Catherine, died in December, 1929. He also leaves a brother, Eugene, and a sister, Mary, of Normanby Twp. [Note: this list misses his brother, Owen, who did not die until 1950.]

A death notice for his widow reads, in part:

The death of Mrs. James Heaney occurred suddenly at her home in Egremont Township on Friday, September 31. Mrs. Heaney was the former Mary Cathrine Golden, a daughter of the late William Golden and Ellen Rooney, and was born in Normany Twosnhip. Fifty years ago she was married to James J. Heaney, who predeceased her in 1941. Left to mourn the loss of a loving mother are two daughters and five sons: Nellie (Mrs. denis Farrell) and Agnes (Mrs. Joseph Farrell), both of Guelphl James, Streetsville; William, at home; Leo, Georgetown; Joseph, Mount Foirest, and Ambrose, Cooksville. Also surviving are one sister, Mrs. Nellie Foley, Neustadt, and one brother, Daniel Golden, Chicago, Ill. She was predeceased by one daughter, Catherine. The funeral service was held from St. Mary’s Church, Mount Forest, on Monday, September 24. Requiem Mass was sung by the Rev. Father J. Higgins, of Durham, who also conducted the service at Chapel Hill Cemetery. The pallbearers were three grandsons, Vincent Farrell, William Farrell, Leonard Farrell, and Gerald Beitz, Frank Heaney, and Fred Stortz. The many mass cards and flowers were a silent tribute to the esteem in which the deceased was held.

Issue (apart from 4 unnamed sons who died in infancy; except for them and Catherine, all were alive at their mother’s death in 1956):[211]

  1. James (“Jim”) Patrick Heaney, born 15 March 1902, buried in the “St. John’s section,” Holy Cross Cemetery, Mount Forest, in the same plot as his nephew, Eldon Farrell.[212] According to Tom Synnott, “He was a boarder at the home of his cousin Juliana (Heaney) Farrell in Streetsville until her death.”
  2. Ellen/Helen (“Nellie”) Gertrude Heaney, born 7 January 1905, died 13 November 2005, aged nearly 101 years, and buried in Marymount Cemetery, Guelph. She married (1) 25 April 1928, Dennis Farrell, died 18 November 1967. They were living at Mount Forest in 1941, but moved to Guelph by 1956. She married (2) in 1973, Thomas Wishart, died 1987 at Guelph, whose remains were cremated and taken back to Scotland. Although there is a tombstone for her and her second husband in the “St. John’s section,” Holy Cross Cemetery, Mount Forest, neither is actually buried there, according to her daughter Marlene Doyle, who explains: “Mom had put up a gravestone there with the Wishart name on it but later changed it and gave the plot to her brothers,” James and William, who are buried with her son Eldon although there is no indication of the fact on the grave marker. Issue:[213]
    1. Vincent Farrell, born 18 October 1929, died 13 July 1965.
    2. Francis (“Frank,” also known as “Red”) Farrell, born 28 April 1933, died 22 May 1999. He had six children: Debbie, born 17 January 1955; Brenda, born 21 March 1957; Heather, born 15 October 1959; Darwin, born 1 October 1960; Doug, born 20 July 1963; and Angel, born 20 June 1970.
    3. Charles (“Charlie”) Eldon Farrell, born in September 1936, died in March 1937, and buried in the “St. John’s section,” Holy Cross Cemetery, Mount Forest, where his tombstone calls him Eldon (a name which, according to his sister Marlene, he did not ordinarily use).
    4. William (“Bill”) Farrell, born 21 February 1939. He has two children: Connie, born 31 December 1966; and Kevin, born 17 May 1970.
    5. Earl (Bud) Farrell, born 8 April 1941. He has two children: Shawn, born 17 March l975; and Eldon, born 20 June 1976.
    6. Marlene Farrell, born 19 April 1943, married John Doyle. She has three children:
      1. Robyn Heaney Doyle, born 17 July 1962, married her distant cousin, David Heaney. They have two children: two children: Dylan Heaney, born 23 July 1987; and Desiree Heaney, born 6 March 1991.
      2. Shannon Doyle, born 15 November 1968.
      3. Ryan Doyle, born 4 May 1977.
    7. Helen M. Farrell, born 18 May 1945; married 6 July 1968 at Guelph, Ontario, but spearated around 1975, Stuart Murray, died 3 September 1996 at Kitchener, Ontario, aged 50 years. As of March 2008 she has not remarried. They have two children:
      1. Scott Murray; unmarried as of March 2008.
      2. Wendy Lynne Murray; married 5 October 1996, Elden Pinheiro. They have three children: Sydney Lynne, born 5 July 1997; Devon Jacob, born 29 June 2000; and Jordan Mitchell, born 16 April 2002.[214]
  3. Agnes Mary (or Mary Agnes) Heaney, born 16 April 1907. She married Joseph Farrell, of Arthur Tp. in 1941 but of Guelph in 1956.
  4. Catherine Heaney, born 6 February 1912, died 27 December 1929,[215] and buried with her parents.
  5. William Heaney, also buried in the “St. John’s section,” Holy Cross Cemetery, Mount Forest, in the same plot as his nephew, Eldon Farrell.[216] He was living with his mother at the time of her death in 1956.
  6. Leo Francis Heaney, married 20 April 1944 in St. Peter’s Church, Ayton, Ontario, Anna Marie, daughter of the late Xavier Lobsinger. Their marriage announcement states that “the bride and groom will reside on No. 6 Highway near Mount Forest.” His residence is stated as Malton, Ontario, in 1941, but as Georgetown in 1956.
  7. Joseph Heaney, of Malton, Ontario, in 1941 and of Mount Forest in 1956. He is described as “Joseph Heaney, son of Mrs. James Heaney and the late Mr. Heaney of Mount Forest,” in a newspaper annoucement of his marriage, on 21 February 1943 at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Formosa, Ontario, to Gertrude Keip, daughter of George Keip. The annoucement states that the couple would reside at Toronto.
  8. Ambrose Heaney, living with his parents in 1929, but of Malton, Ontario, in 1941, and of Cooksville in 1956.

Nellie (Heaney) Farrell Wishart

Nellie (Heaney) Farrell Wishart on her 100th birthday, 7 January 2005.
Courtesy of her daughter, Marlene (Farrell) Doyle.


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Notes

1R. Gibney, Irish-born Gibneys documented as of April 24, 1999, available online at http://web.archive.org/web/20021212123756/ http://us.share.geocities.com/Heartland/Cottage/1358/irishbirths/ irish001.html (warning: the file is 1.6 megabytes!), points out that John and Ann [Heaney] Gibney, the latter said to have been from the parish of Oldcastle, co. Meath, Ireland, had a daughter Jane who is enumerated in the 1871 census of Normanby, District 36, Subdistrict A, Division 3, p. 22. Jan Ehresmann informs us that the O’Briens are found in the 1852 census of Normanby.
2See The Cody Chronicles, available online at http://www.genealogy.com/genealogy/users/c/o/d/Cliff-Cody/? Welcome=1020910401.
3 Patricia Greber, “The Stewart Puzzle,” Heritage Seekers (Grande Prairie & District Branch Alberta Genealogical Society), vol. 24, no. 4 (December 2001), available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~abgpags/hs1201.html.
4Harvest of Memories, p. 820 (which mentions other families from Manannah in the Sturgis area), 185 (naming early Catholic families in the Sturgis area).
5Chapel Hill Cemetery is located “6½ miles south of Durham, on top of a hill on the west side of highway 6, north of the intersection with Dundalk road (county road 9),” in concession 1, lot 12, Normanby Tp., Grey Co., according to Chapel Hill Cemetery (Catholic) [PDF], available online at http://www.awesomegenealogy.com/canada_ontariocem2.pdf. According to Sheila Hill, Cemeteries in Normanby Township, Grey County (with photographs), available online at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~silentguardians/ four_townships/ june_uploads/NormanbyOrchardville.htm,
This two acre plot was used for burials of early Catholic settlers from Durham, Ayton, and Mount Forest until each of these parishes obtained is own burial ground. This cemetery is also known as “Union Cemetery” and “Chapel Hill.” The earliest burial that was recorded was that of Edward McIntee in 1840. The large white cross was installed by William J. Smith and his twin brother John. The cemetery was closed in 1969.
6Bob McIntee (transcriber), Holy Cross [Roman Catholic] Cemetery, Mount Forest, Archives of Ontario Cemetery Records Collection, series 10, MS 451, reel 74.
7Unfortunately his Gibney One Name Searchable Database, formerly available at http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi? op=GET&db=gibney1, is no longer in existence.
8He is treated in Martin Bootsman, Wellington County & Beyond — A Community Connection Tree, available online at http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=tincanman. This database treats mainly the children Jane and James.
9He was said to be aged “54 at next birthday” in 1852, and his tombstone states that he was aged 70 years at his death in 1870.
10This information is from his tombstone; his death appears to have gone unregistered.
11Grey County death registrations, no. 005530.
12Personal Census Returns of Canada West [Ontario], 1851-52, RG 31, reel C-11723, township 93, p. 17.
13“Ratepayers in 1864,” in Arthur Walker Wright, Memories of Mount Forest and surrounding townships, Minto, Arthur, West Luther, Normanby, Egremont, Proton, in honor of the Diamond Jubilee of the Confederation of the Dominion of Canada and of the founding of The Mount Forest Confederate, 1867-1927 (1927?), pp. 164-68, at p. 166.
14Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Grey for 1865-6, by W.W. Smith (Toronto, 1865), cited above.
15Information from the present owner of the property; for further details see the account of James Healey below.
161871 census of Canada, Ontario, District 36 (Grey South), subdistrict A (Normanby), Division 3, p. 22, PAC microfilm C-9950; 1881 census of Canada, Ontario, District 154 (Grey South), subdistrict C, Division 1, p. 21, PAC microfilm C-13260.
17Such a date is in agreement with her age of 22 years as reported in the 1852 census, and of 41 years as reported in the 1871 census; and the 1852 census specifically gives the month of her birth as August.
18His age is reported quite inconsistently, being given as 27 in the 1852 census, 51 in the 1871 census, and his tombstone giving his date of birth as 1824.
191852 Census of Canada West, township no. 93 (Normanby), p. 19; PAC microfilm no. C11723 [FHL microfilm no. 349,208].
20Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Grey for 1865-6, by W.W. Smith (Toronto, 1865), cited above.
211871 census of Canada, Ontario, District 36 (Grey South), subdistrict A (Normanby), Division 3, p. 61, PAC microfilm C-9950.
221881 census of Canada, Ontario, District 154 (Grey South), subdistrict C, Division 1, p. 8, PAC microfilm C-13260.
231901 Census of Ontario, district 66 Grey South), subdistrict G (Normanby), division 6, p. 10.
24Normanby Reflections: A History of Normanby Township, ed. Campbell Cork (Normanby History Committee, 1989), 506.
25Wellington County marriage registrations, no. ________, from a transcription.
261881 Census of Ontario, Grey South, Normanby Tp., district 154, subdistrict C, division 2, p. 5; PAC microfilm no. C-13260 Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,896. The record reads:
Micheal [sic] Lynch  M   M   Irish   45   Ireland   farmer
Mary Jane Lynch      M   F   Irish   31   Ireland*
Mary A. Lynch            F   Irish   11   Ontario
John Lynch           M       Irish    9   Ontario
Elizabeth Lynch          F   Irish    7   Ontario
Johana Lynch             F   Irish    3   Ontario
+ one servant
----
Entire family (but not the servant) are Catholic
* an error
27Grey County marriage registrations, no. 4183-91.
28Grey County marriage registrations, no. 1901-1904901.
29Wellington County marriage registrations, no. 1883-012871.
301901 census of Canada, Ontario, district 66 (Grey South), subdistrict G (Normanby), division 5, p. 5.
McNamara Thomas    M   head  M           1858 53 farmer
McNamara Elizabeth F   wife  M  Jan   13 1863 38
McNamara Mary C.   F   dau.  S  September  2 1886 15
McNamara Elizabeth F   dau.  S  September 16 1887 14
McNamara Margaret  F   dau.  S  February  16 1888 13
McNamara Annie     F   dau.  S  May    6 1889 12
McNamara Daniel J. M   son   S  August  12 1891 10
----
Entire family is Roman Catholic.
31Grey County marriage registrations, no. 4187-91.
32Ontario Marriage Index, 1869-1886, which shows no surname for his wife. We tentatively supply her surname from the local history.
331901 Census of Ontario, district 66 Grey South), subdistrict G (Normanby), division 6, pp. 9-10.
34Gray County marriage registrations, no. 1903-008664.
35Wellington County marriage registrations, no. 1881-011950.
36Grey County marriage registrations, no. 4042-87.
371901 census of Ontario, District 66 (Grey South), subdistrict d (Egremont), division 3, p. 10; PAC microfilm no. T-6470.
38Such a date would be compatible with her age of “20 at next birthday” as given in the 1852 census, and of 29 as given in that of 1870. It does not however quite agree with the age of 22 years given in her marriage record.
39Saskatchewan Cemeteries Project: St. Patrick’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Sturgis, at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~cansacem/sturgis_st_patricks.htm.
40Grey County marriage registrations, Archives of Ontario microfilm no. 1030056, per County Marriage Registers of Ontario, Canada, 1858-1869, ed. Elizabeth Hancocks, vol. 33 — Grey County (Agincourt, Ontario: Generation Press, n.d.) p. 95. This record is in good agreement with the 1900 census, which states they had been married 35 years. The statement in Harvest of Memories, that they “married and immigrated to Ontario” is misleading, as Patrick had already been living in Ontario as an 11-year-old child.
41Harvest of Memories, p. 664. This date is exact agreement with the age of “12 at next birthday — March” reported for him in the 1852 census, and in pretty good agreement with that of 25 years in his marriage record, and that of 30 years in the 1870 census.
42Harvest of Memories says Dublin at p. 622, but co. Cork at p. 664.
43The series County Marriage Registers of Ontario, Canada, 1858-1869, ed. Hancocks, transcribes the name as McEnter, while Ontario, 1858-1869 Marriage Index (Family Tree Maker CD no. 266) gives it as McEasten. We have not checked the original record. For further discussion of this point see our REAGAN notes.
44Harvest of Memories, p. 623, definitely asserts that their son Thomas was born at Mount Forest, while previously a patrons’ submission record in the IGI, which erroneously gives the bride’s name as “Kathrene Herney” had stated the place of the marriage as “Lake [sic] Forest, Ontario.”
451870 census transcription of Meeker County, Minnesota, transcribed by Erma Diane Rosenow, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/mn/meeker/meeker.html.
461875 census transcription of the townships of Dassel, Kingston, Litchfield, Manannah, Swede Grove, and Union Grove, Meeker County, Minnesota, transcribed by Erma Diane Rosenow, available online at http://www.rootsweb.com/~usgenweb/mn/meeker/meeker.html.
471880 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Ennumeration District no. 50, Supervisor’s District no. 2, p. 6.
481900 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Supervisor’s District no. 3, Enumeration District no. 106, sheet 5.
49Bureau Of Land Management - General Land Office Records, accession no. MN1910__.209.
50Michael Nistler, The Valley of Eden (1986), from an extract kindly sent by Jan Ehresmann.
51“Scandinavian Canadian Land Co. Historic Map,” available online as part of the Kamsack, Saskatchewan, GenWeb Project, at http://www.rootsweb.com/~skkamsac/map/Tsp34-Rge4.gif. The date of the map is there given as ca. 1905, but this date is evidently too early.
52This man is listed as a farm-laborer in the 1900 census of Manannah Tp., his birthdate being given as 1880, his birthplace as Canada, the birthplaces of both parents as Ireland, and the year of his attaining U.S. citizenship as 1895; see 1900 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Ennumeration District no. 106, Supervisor’s District no. 3, sheets 6A, 7A (probably same man, duplicate entries). We have not found a plausible candidate for him in the L.D.S. index to the 1881 Canadian census, even allowing for some latitude in the date of his birth. In Harvest of Memories, p. 408, it is stated, “He obtained entry to his homestead in August 1904. He was single, 27 years old (suggesting a birthdate of 1876-77), and had been born a British subject. He may have been a relation to Patrick (Paddy) Reagan, Senior, and his wife Catherine Heaney. He probably left Saskatchewan before fifteen years had passed because in 1917 a map shows that his land was owned by Mosken.” He is listed at section 28, in township 34, range 4 of the second meridian west of the Principal Meridian, in the 1906 census, which gives his age as 28 (suggesting a birthdate of 1877-78) and his marital status as single; see Census of the Northwest Provinces [of Canada], 1906, Province: Saskatchewan, District 14 (Mackenzie), Subdistrict 27, p. [23], PAC R.G. 31 [microfilm no. T-18359].
53He was aged “10 at next birthday [in] May” in 1852, aged 22 at his marriage in 1866, and aged 32 in 1875. A published transcription of his tombstone gives his birthdate (possibly by calculation) as 1841.
54This is the date given on his tombstone, and is compatible with the age of 29 years reported in his 1858 marriage record, of 40 years reported for him in the 1871 census, and of 86 years, 9 months at his death, but not with the age of 25 years reported for him in the 1861 census; the date of 12 August 1834 given for him in the 1901 census is probably erroneous.
55Ontario death registrations, Grey County, Normanby Township; see below for a discussion of the erroneous information it supplies concerning his parentage.
56Information from the present owner of the property.
57Grey County marriage registrations, Archives of Ontario microfilm no. 1030056.
58The date is also given as 1835 on her tombstone; however her age was reported as 21 on her marriage in 1858, as 22 in the 1861 census, and (apparently) as 34 in the 1871 census.
59Grey County death registrations, no. 013550.
60Her father is named both in her marriage record and in her death record; the first name of her mother is given in her marriage record (which only asked for the mother’s given name), and the second name in her death record (which only asked for the mother’s maiden surname, not her full name). The only Oliver O’Hara found in the 1852 census of Egremont Tp. (Township 88, p. 3) was aged only 33 years at the time, and is not likely to have been her father.
611861 census of Canada, Ontario, Grey Co., Normanby Tp., District 3, p. 26, PAC microfilm no. C-1027.
62“Ratepayers in 1864,” in Arthur Walker Wright, Memories of Mount Forest and surrounding townships… (1927?), pp. 164-68, at p. 166.
63Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Grey for 1865-6, by W.W. Smith (Toronto, 1865), cited above.
64Joe Heaney, “Heaney,” in Normanby Reflections, cited above, p. 379.
651871 census of Canada, Ontario, District 36 (Grey South), subdistrict A (Normanby), Division 2, p. 44, PAC microfilm C-9950.
661881 census of Canada, Ontario, District 154 (Grey South), subdistrict C, Division 1, p. 18, PAC microfilm C-13260.
671901 census of Ontario, District 66 (Grey South), subdistrict g (Normanby), division 6, p. 1.
681911 Census of Canada, Ontario, District no. 74 (Grey South), Subdistrict no. 25 (Normanby), enumeration district no. 6, p. 1. The entry reads:
name    gender relat.cond. birthdate age b.p.  immig. nation. occ.
--------------------------------------------------------------------
James Haney M  head  M  August 1834  76  Ontario 1842  Canadian farmer
Agnes Haney F  wife  M  December 1837  74  Ireland 1847  Irish
Mary Haney  F  dau.  S  November 1873  39  Ontario       Canadian
Owen Haney  M  son   M* November 1877  34  Ontario       Canadian
----
Entire family is Irish in origin and Roman Catholic in religion
* sic; this seems unlikely
69The birthdate of 14 November 1868 and age of 32 given for her in 1901 is not credible, and the birthdate of November 1873 and age of 39 years in 1911 even less so.
70Per his baptismal record. According to the 1901 census and his death notice he was born 16 February 1868, but just because these sources agree does not make them correct. His tombstone gives the date 1867, but the ages of 6 years (in 1871) and 15 years (in 1881) stated for him in census records imply that he was born in 1864-66. In our opinion, the earliest records are more likely to be correct.
71Clearly the statements in his death record that he was born in August 1870, and in his death announcement that he ws born in 1870, are incorrect.
72Grey County death registrations, no. 17428; the record names his parents as James Heaney and Agnes O’Hara.
73Per his death notice, quoted below.
74Ontario marriage registrations, no. 019563: reference from index; original record not yet checked.
75Mary Ann Hagen, McEllistrum Family, available online at http://worldconnect.genealogy.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?db=mam.
76Wellington County marriage registrations, 1898, unnumbered.
77“Bridget wife of Hugh Keais, aged 50 years” is buried in Chapel Hill Cemetery, but her tombstone gives no dates.
78And not in November 1877 as stated in the 1911 census.
79Harvest of Memories: Sturgis and District …, 1900-2000 (spine title: A Century of Memories), by the Sturgis and District History Book Committee (Sturgis, Saskatchewan: the Committee, 2000), pp. 374, 622, available online at http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.asp?id=6123, implies that she was a sister of Catherine (Heaney) Reagan, a claim which we feel is amply borne out on onomastic grounds. Much of out information on her is taken from a well-documented web page by R. Gibney, Irish-born Gibneys documented as of April 24, 1999, available online at http://web.archive.org/web/20021212123756/ http://us.share.geocities.com/Heartland/Cottage/1358/irishbirths/ irish001.html (warning: the file is 1.6 megabytes!), where however the presentation somewhat confusingly makes it seem that she, rather than her husband, was the head of their family. We have also taken some material from the valuable database on this family by Reuben L. Gibney, Descendants of Bryan Gibney, at http://www.familyorigins.com/users/g/i/b/Reuben-L-Gibney-CA/FAMO1-0001/index.htm.
80Per the valuable database on this family by Reuben L. Gibney, Descendants of Bryan Gibney, at http://www.familyorigins.com/users/g/i/b/Reuben-L-Gibney-CA/FAMO1-0001/index.htm.
81Reuben L. Gibney, Descendants of Bryan Gibney, at http://www.familyorigins.com/users/g/i/b/Reuben-L-Gibney-CA/FAMO1-0001/index.htm.
821861 census of Canada, Ontario, Grey Co., Normanby Tp., District 2, p. 17, PAC microfilm no. C-1027.
83Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Grey for 1865-6, by W.W. Smith (Toronto, 1865), cited above.
84 1870 U.S. Federal Census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., roll M593_7, p. 8. The entry reads:
Gibney, John      51 M   Ireland      farmer 
Gibney, Ann       36 F   Ireland      keeping house
Gibney, Timothy   20 M   Canada West  laborer
Gibney, Mary      17 F   Canada West  domestic servant
Gibney, Owen      13 M   Canada West
Gibney, Catherine  8 F   Canada West
Gibney, Ann        6 F   Canada West
Gibney, James      3 M   Minnesota
Gibney, Patrick J. 1 M   Minnesota
85Reuben L. Gibney, Descendants of Bryan Gibney, at http://www.familyorigins.com/users/g/i/b/Reuben-L-Gibney-CA/FAMO1-0001/index.htm (page could not be accessed 3 November 2017).
861880 census of Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota, Ennumeration District no. 50, Supervisor’s District no. 2, p. 5.
87The story is quoted in Minnesota Pamphlet for Settlers, 1878, p. 14; we have not seen the original item.
88Album of history and biography of Meeker County, Minnesota (Chicago, 1888), 246-47. In the listing of the children, the son James seems to be out of order.
891880 census of Manannah Tp., Meeker Co., Minnesota, Ennumeration District no. 50, Supervisor’s District no. 2, p. 6.
90See further in Harvest of Memories, pp. 374-76.
911900 U.S. Federal Census, North Dakota, Ramsey Co., Dry Lake, enumeration district 124, p. 11A; roll T623 1231.
92Album of history and biography of Meeker County, Minnesota (Chicago, 1888), 398.
93Harvest of Memories, p. 622.
94Census of the Northwest Provinces [of Canada], 1906, Province: Saskatchewan, District 14 (Mackenzie), Subdistrict 27, p. “25” [sic, but clearly out of sequence], PAC R.G. 31 [microfilm no. T-18359].
951911 Census of Canada, Saskatchewan, Mackenzie, district 26, townships 34, p. 8. The entry reads:
name        gender  relat. cond. birthdate  age
-----------------------------------------------

Gibney Timothy   M   head   M   Nov 1849   61
Gibney Mary E.   F   wife   M   Jun 1866   44
Gibney Charlie   M   son    S   Apr 1889   22
Gibney Annie     F   dau.   S   Jul 1880   20
Gibney Rosanna   F   dau.   S   Feb 1894   17
Gibney Katharine F   dau.   S   Mar 1896   15
Gibney Timothy   M   son    S   Jul 1898   12
Gibney Jane      F   dau.   S   Sep 1900   10
Gibney Matthew   M   son    S   Oct 1902    8
Gibney Leo F.    M   son    S   Feb 1904    7
Gibney Raymond   M   son    S   May 1906    5
Gibney Eugene.   M   son    S   Apr 1908    3
Gibney Lawrence  M   son    S   Jan 1909    2
=====
[a son is on the next page of the record:]
Gibney James T.  M   head   M   Aug 1884   26
Gibney Alice V.  F   wife   M   Feb 1882   29
Gibney Lucile M. F   dau.   S   Nov 1910    6/12 
96His affiliation with St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church, Yorkton, is mentioned in Laurie Hluchaniuk &, York Colony Research [Association], Yorkton: York Colony to Treasure Chest City (Yorkton, Saskatchewan: Yorkton Centennial Committee, 1982), p. 73.
971900 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Supervisor’s District no. 3, Enumeration District no. 106, sheet 2B - sheet 3A.
981910 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Supervisor’s District 6, Enumeration District no. 96, sheet 6B.
991920 U.S. Federal Census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., enumeration district 119, p. 7B; roll T625_845.
100Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota (Chicago, George A. Ogle & Co., 1904), p. 815. We are deeply grateful to Tim Stowell for putting this online at his Compendium of History and Biography of Central and Northern Minnesota site, at http://www.rootsweb.com/~mnwilkin/bios/book.htm.
101Kurth, Ann, comp. Benton, Meeker, and Todd Counties, Minnesota Farm Directory, 1913-14 [database online] (Provo, Utah: Ancestry.com, 2000-), citing Minnesota Historical Society, Collection of Minnesota County Atlases, #175, Roll 8.
1021871 census of Canada, Ontario, District 36 (Grey South), subdistrict A (Normanby), Division 3, p. 22, PAC microfilm C-9950.
103Information from Rocky Gibney.
104O’Neill Family Tree, at http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/pedigree.aspx?tid=9728445.
105O’Neill Family Tree, at http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/pedigree.aspx?tid=9728445.
106Silvernail Family Tree, at http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/pedigree.aspx?tid=24412826.
107IGI batch no. M39691-2; FHL microfilm no. 1,380,436.
1081900 U.S. Federal Census, North Dakota, McHenry Co., Towner, enumeration district 92, p. 1A; roll T623 1229.
1091920 U.S. Federal Census, New Mexico, Grant Co., Fort Bayard, enumeration district 47, sheet 9B; roll T625_1076.
1101930 U.S. Federal Census, New Mexico, Grant Co., Precinct no. 1, Central, enumeration district 1, p. 9B; roll 1395.
111The deathdate of Jan. 1927 given for him in the webpage of R. Gibney is therefore erroneous.
112Social Security Death Index.
1131920 U.S. Federal Census, Washington (State), Skagit Co., Mount Vernon, enumeration district 103, sheet 9A; roll T625_1935.
1141930 U.S. Federal Census, New Mexico, Grant Co., Precinct no. 1, Central, enumeration district 1, p. 9B; roll 1395.
115His birthdate is given as 1 June 1834 in the 1901 census, but the 1871 census gives his age as only 35 years (implying a birthdate of 1835-36), and the 1881 census as 45 years; and his age is given as 78 years, 7 months in his death record, implying a birth date of around August 1836. His age is given as 78 years, 7 months on his tombstone
116Grey County death registrations, no. 013957, which explicitly names his parents as Owen Heaney and Mary Smith.
117St. Peter’s Roman Catholic Cemetery, Part Lot 15, Concession 9 Normanby Township, Grey County (Owen Sound, Ontario: Bruce & Grey Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, n.d.), available online at https://brucegrey.ogs.on.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/ St.-Peters-Roman-Catholic-Cemetery-Normanby-Township-Grey-County.pdf.
118Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Grey for 1865-6, by W.W. Smith (Toronto, 1865), cited above.
119Information from Fred and Marion Heaney.
120Her birthdate is given as 26 May 1840 in the 1901 census, which is compatible with her age of 40 years in the 1881 census; but her age is given as only 29 years in the 1871 census (implying a birthdate of 1841-42), and her birthdate is given as 20 November 1838 in her death record. Her tombstone states her age at death as 73 years.
121Grey County death registrations, no. 013537.
122John Hanrahan (ca. 1797-1869) and his wife Mary O’Brien (ca. 1804-1865) came from Ireland (he was born in co. Tipperary) to Normanby Tp., Grey Co., according to the researches of Patrick Hanrahan, of Portland, Oregon, author of Hanrahan Family History (Portland, 1983).
123“Ratepayers in 1864,” in Arthur Walker Wright, Memories of Mount Forest and surrounding townships… (1927?), pp. 164-68, at p. 166.
1241871 census of Canada, Ontario, District 36 (Grey South), subdistrict A (Normanby), Division 2, p. 43, PAC microfilm C-9950.
1251881 census of Canada, Ontario, District 154 (Grey South), subdistrict C, Division 1, p. 18, PAC microfilm C-13260.
1261901 Census of Canada, Ontario, district 66 (Grey South), subdistrict G (Normanby), division 2, p. 10; PAC microfilm no. T-6470.
127The birthdate of 7 April 1873 attributed to her in the 1901 census is completely erroneous.
128A published transcript reads the date as 1887, which would make John Smith some 21 years younger than his wife.
129Grey County marriage registrations, no. 4750-96.
130Thomas Corcoran, of Arthur Tp., aged 24, born in Ireland, son of Thomas and Anne Corcoran, married 14 October 1867 in Wellington Co. (County marriage register, Archives of Ontario microfilm no. 1030067), Elisabeth McCann, of Minto Tp., Wellington Co., aged 20, born in Ireland [the 1881 census says she was born in Ontario], daughter of Thomas McCann and Cath. Campbell. They are shown as Thomas Corcoran (1840-1921) and Elizabeth Corcoran (1848-1921) on their tombstones in the “St. Mary’s section” of Holy Cross Roman Catholic Cemetery, Mount Forest.
1311881 Census of Canada, district 153 (Wellington North), subdistrict F (Arthur Tp.), division 1, p. 22; PAC microfilm no. C-13260 [Family History Library microfilm no. 1,375,896].
132Polk’s Detroit (Michigan) City Directory, vol. 66 (1928-29), p. 702.
1331930 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Wayne Co., Detroit, enumeration district 531; roll 1053, p. 17B. The entry reads:
name      relationship  gender age cond. birthpl.  father's b.p.    mother's b.p.
                                                            occupation / industry
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Joseph M. Corcoran* head  M   59   M   Can. Eng.  Ireland Free State  Can. Eng.
  millwright, auto factory
Mary A. Corcoran*   wife  F   57   M   Can. Eng.  Can. Eng.           Can. Eng.
  none
Vincent E. Corcoran son   M   30   S   Can. Eng.  Canada              Canada
  bus driver, motor bus
Harold F. Corcoran  son   M   27   S   Can. Eng.  Canada              Canada
  postal clerk, sales equipment (?)
Gladys G. Corcoran  dau.  F   20   S   Can. Eng.  Canada              Canada
  none
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* His age at first marriage 25; hers 23. He a citizen in 1922; rest of family
in 1923.
134Ontario civil birth registrations, MS929_140.
135Ontario civil birth registrations, MS929_146; birthplace named specifically as “Godrich&rquo; in marriage record.
136Wentworth County marriage registrations, 1923, no. 024070.
137Polk’s Detroit (Michigan) City Directory, vol. 66 (1928-29), p. 702.
1381930 U.S. Federal Census, Michigan, Wayne Co., Detroit, enumeration district 531; roll 1053, p. 17B. The entry reads:
name        relationship  gender age cond. birthpl.  father's  mother's
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Thomas P. Corcoran*+  head  M  31      M   Can. Eng. Can. Eng. Can Eng.
Martha M. Corcoran*   wife  F  29      M   Scotland  Scotland  Scotland
Mary A. Corcoran      dau.  F  3 6/12  S   Michigan  Can. Eng. Scotland
Patricia A. Corcoran  dau.  F  1 10/12 S   Michigan  Can. Eng. Scotland
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* His age at first marriage 23; hers 22. He a citizen in 1922; she in 1923.
+ Occupation: toolmaker, auto factory
139Card Manifests (alphabetical) of individuals entering through the Port of Detroit, Michigan, 1906-1954, National Archives micropublication M1478, RG085, 117 rolls. Image available online at Ancestry.com.
140Ontario civil birth registrations, MS929_156.
141Ontario civil birth registrations, MS929_161.
142Ontario civil birth registrations, MS933_45.
143Grey County death registrations, no. 017439.
144Grey County marriage registrations, no. 9214-05.
145The birthdate of 20 June 1876 given in the 1901 census is clearly incorrect.
146The birthdate of 17 March 1879 given for him in the 1901 census is clearly incorrect.
147The birthdate of 20 June 1880 given for him in the 1901 census is clearly incorrect.
148He was aged “10 at next birthday [in] May” in 1852, aged 22 at his marriage in 1866, and aged 32 in 1875. A published transcription of his tombstone gives his birthdate (possibly by calculation) as 1841.
149“Ratepayers in 1864,” in Arthur Walker Wright, Memories of Mount Forest and surrounding townships… (1927?), pp. 164-68, at p. 166.
150Wellington County marriage registrations, Archives of Ontario microfilm no. 1030067.
151Gazetteer and Directory of the County of Grey for 1865-6, by W.W. Smith (Toronto, 1865), cited above.
1521870 U.S. Federal Census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Mannanah Tp., pp. 6, 7.
153Bureau Of Land Management — General Land Office Records, accession no. MN1930__.023.
1541880 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Supervisor’s District 2, Enumeration District no. 50, p. 9.
1551910 U.S. Federal census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., Supervisor’s District 6, Enumeration District no. 96, sheet 3B.
156We take her maiden surname from the entries for her sons Patrick and Thomas in the Social Security Death Index.
1571920 U.S. Federal Census, Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., enumeration district: 119; roll T625_845, p. 7A. The entry reads:
Elizabeth Heaney head  f 52 wid Ireland   farmer
Patrick   "      son   m 22 s   Minnesota laborer [on] home farm
John      "      son   m 21 s   Minnesota laborer [on] home farm
Thomas    "      son   m 19 s   Minnesota ----
----
It is stated [falsely for Elizabeth’s children] that all
had Irish-born fathers and mothers.
1581930 United States Federal Census, Minnesota, District 47 (Meeker Co.), Enumeration District no. 21, p. 5B, microfilm reel T626_1106.
159Her tombstone gives the dates 1911-1977. We take the exact dates, and her place of “last residence,” from the Social Security Death Index.
160Anaconda Standard, 20 January 1917, from McCusker and branches Family Tree - 2014.
161a much fuller account of this family will be found in McCusker and branches Family Tree - 2014, from which we have taken a few details.
162Minnesota marriage index; original record not checked.
1631890 Federal census of Minnesota, Meeker Co., Manannah Tp., sheet 7A.
164Social Security Death Index, giving the maiden name of his mother as Burns.
165Social Security Death Index, giving the maiden name of his mother as Burns.
166The 1901 census that he was born 10 November 1851 in Ireland but came to Canada in 1845! Thus it is clearly warrants no credence as an indication of his date of birth, and the immigration date of 1845 seems impossible in light of the date contained in the entry for his parents’ family in the 1852 census.
167Algoma District death registrations, 1917, no. 007568, which specificaly names his parents as Owen Heaney and Mary Smith. This proves that the age of 56 years given in his burial record is wildly erroneous.
168Ontario French Catholic Church Records (Drouin Collection), 1747-1967, images of original records at Ancestry.com. The age at death of 56 years given in this record is impossible.
1691871 census of Canada, Ontario, District 36 (Grey South), subdistrict A (Normanby), Division 3, p. 22, PAC microfilm C-9950.
1701881 census of Canada, Ontario, District 154 (Grey South), subdistrict C, Division 1, p. 21, PAC microfilm C-13260.
171Information from Fred and Marion Heaney.
1721891 Census of Canada, Ontario, District no. 126 (North Wellington), Subdistrict N (Town of Mount Forest), subdivision __, p. 27, from a copy kindly supplied by Frank and Marion Heaney. The entry reads:
name       gender relat. age  birthpl.  occ.     father   mother
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Owen Heany      M  head   40  Ontario  teamster  Ireland  Ireland
Kate Heany      F  wife   38  Ireland  ----      Ireland  Ireland
John Heany      M  son    24  Ontario  ----      Ontario  Ireland
Mary Heany      F  dau.   23     "     ----      Ontario  Ireland
Ann Heaney      F  dau.   11     "     ----      Ontario  Ireland
Francis Heaney  M  son    12     "     ----      Ontario  Ireland
James Heany     M  son     6     "     ----      Ontario  Ireland
Joseph Heany    M  son     3     "     ----      Ontario  Ireland
Elisabeth Heany F  dau. 6/12     "     ----      Ontario  Ireland
----
Entire family is Roman Catholic in religion
* sic
1731901 Census of Canada, Ontario, District no. 125 (Wellington North), Subdistrict J (Town of Mount Forest), subdivision 4, p. 4. The entry reads:
name       gender relat. birthdate     age birthpl. immig. occ.
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Owen Heany      M  head  November  10 1851* 50  Ireland  1845* teamster
Kate Heany      F  wife  November  30 1851  50     "     1850
John Heany      M  son   August  20 1877  24  Ontario  ----  grocer
Mary Heany      F  dau.  April 10 1878  23     "     ----
James Heany     M  son   July  14 1886  15     "     ----
Joseph Heany    M  son   May    1 1889  12     "     ----
Elisabeth Heany F  dau.  November   9 1891  10     "     ----
Ambrose Heany   M  son   May   15 1895   6     "     ----
----
Entire family is Roman Catholic in religion
* sic
174According to grandson Joseph Gerard Heaney. Much additional information on this family comes from a great-granddaughter, Deborah MacDonald.
175The place is mentioned in the birth record of his daughter Evelyn, and the township is given in his own marriage record.
176Wellington County marriage registrations, no. 017943-01
177Per her death notice.
178Per her death notice, which does not give the date of death.
179Biographical sketches of four brothers appear in History Committee of R.M. of the Gap #39, Builders of a Great Land: History of the R.M. of the Gap #39, Ceylon and Hardy (Ceylon, Saskatchewan: The Committee, 1980), available online at http://www.ourroots.ca/e/toc.aspx?id=2756, pp. 430-32.
180Builders of a Great Land, pp. 85-87 (for Heaney).
181In the delayed birth record of their daughter Eveyln, prepared 7 October 1947, it is stated that their mother had had two children up to and including Evelyn, and that they were both still alive at the time.
182Algoma District birth registrations, 1902, unnumbered, in which the name is recorded as Oliver Ambrose Heaney. A duplicate, delayed registration numbered 007039 was made on 27 August 1917, giving the applicant’s address as Ceylon, Saskatchewan.
183In Builders of a Great Land, p. 86, she is called “a niece of Joshua and Robert Kines,” indicating that her mother was one of the three unnamed daughters of James and Harriet (Montgomery) Kines, of Carberry, Manitoba, who are mentioned in the same work, pp. 80, 81. Her parents were married at Carberry on 23 January 1895, and the record of this marriage (Manitoba marriage registrations, no. 1895-001157) is our source for their names. Leah’s maternal grandfather, James Kines, evidently born in 1841-42, died 4 June 1900 at Carberry, aged 58 years (Manitoba death registrations, no. 1900-003565).
184Algoma District birth registrations, no. 03073 (delayed, dated 1947).
185Algoma District birth registrations, 1904, unnumbered.
186Algoma District birth registrations, no. 010917.
187Builders of a Great Land, pp. 105-6.
188According to the pedigree chart by her nephew, Joseph Gerard Heaney.
189The date of 9 November 1891 given in the 1901 census is completely erroneous.
190According to the pedigree chart by her nephew, Joseph Gerard Heaney.
191His age is reported, inconsistently, as 18 years in 1871, 26 years in 1881, as 58 years in his death record in 1908, and as “58 years, 2 months, 4 days” on his tombstone.
192Grey County death registrations, no. 012032.
193Joe Heaney, “Heaney,” in Normanby Reflections, cited above, p. 379.
1941881 census of Canada, Ontario, District 154 (Grey South), subdistrict C (Normanby Tp.), Division 1, p. 21, PAC microfilm C-13260. The entry reads:
name         cond. gender    origin  age  birthplace  occupation
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William Heany   M   Male     Irish   26   Ontario     farmer
Mary Heany      M   Female   Irish   24   Ontario
James Heany         Male     Irish    7   Ontario
Mary Heany          Female   Irish    4   Ontario
Owen Heany          Male     Irish    2   Ontario
Elizabeth Heany     Female   Irish    1   Ontario
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Entire family’s religion is Catholic.
195Information from Fred and Marion Heaney.
196Her age is reported, inconsistently, as 24 years in 1881, but as 35 years at her death in 1890, per her tombstone.
197See the account of her parents in Normanby Reflections, p. 503, where her mother is called Mary Dowling. She is called Mary Doolan in her daughter’s marriage record.
198Wellington County marriage registrations, no. 1894-012930, an entry kindly brought to our attention by Tom Synnott.
199Wellington County death registrations, no. 1924-034072
200Waterloo County marriage registrations, no. 1915-015500. This record appears to give the groom’s age as 20, and it has been so read by the indexers at Ancestry.com; however, this would appear to be imposible.
201See The Bauman Family of Puslinch and area: Bauman and Fanny Steffler — Descendants of Anthony Bowman and Theresa Obrecht, anonymous, available online at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~puslinchbowman/ anthony_bowman.htm. This cites a death notice in the Guelph Daily Mercury of unstated date.
2021911 Census of Canada, Ontario, District no. 74 (Grey South), Subdistrict no. 12 (Egremont Tp.), enumeration district no. 3, p. 2. The entry reads:
name     gender relat. cond. birthdate age birthpl. occ.
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Owen Haney  M   head   S     Jan. 1880  31 Ontario  farmer
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Ethnicity Irish, nationality Canadian, religion Roman Catholic
203Death notice, Mount Forest Confederate, 26 July 1967, collection of Thomas Synnott.
204Date taken from 1901 census and place taken from marriage record; birth registration not found.
205Peel County marriage registrations, no. 1920-021679, an entry kindly brought to our attention by Tom Synnott.
206Information from Tom Synnott.
207Information from Tom Synnott.
208See the discussion under the account of his parents above.
209Grey Coiunty marriage registrations, no. 6948-00.
2101901 census of Ontario, District 66 (Grey South), subdistrict d (Egremont), division 3, p. 10; PAC microfilm no. T-6470.
211Death notices of James J. Heaney and his daughter Catherine Heaney; order partly inferential.
212Information from his niece, Marlene (Farrell) Doyle.
213Information mainly from Marlene (Farrell) Doyle.
214Information from Wendy Lynne (Murray) Pinheiro.
215Grey County death registrations, no. 016776.
216Information from his niece, Marlene (Farrell) Doyle.

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Last revised 1 April 2018